June 30, 2022

New court fees from 1 July 2022

By Elizabeth Pathmaraj – Senior Associate

The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia family law court filing and court fees have increased effective from 1 July 2022. A link to the court media release can be found here: https://www.fcfcoa.gov.au/news-and-media-centre/latest-news/fl-fees-increase-2022

All family law filing fees and court fees are being increased and range between $5 to $70.

Practitioners need to be alert to the change when preparing updated cost estimates and consider whether clients are eligible for an exemption of court fees. A link to the guidelines for exemption of court fees can be found here: https://www.fcfcoa.gov.au/fl/pubs/guidelines-exemption-fees

Applications for Divorce and Decree of Nullity are not eligible for exemption of court fees however, clients may be eligible to pay a reduced fee. A link to the guidelines for reduced fees for Application for Divorce and Decree of Nullity can be found here: https://www.fcfcoa.gov.au/fl/pubs/guidelines-reduced-fee-divorce-nullity

The table below outlines the current fees and the new fees from 1 July 2022:

Filing feesCurrent feesNew fees from 1 July
Application for divorce$940$990
Application for divorce — reduced fee$310$330
Application for consent orders$170$180
Application for decree as to nullity$1,335$1,405
Application for decree as to nullity – reduced fee$445$465
Application as to validity of Marriage, Divorce Annulment$1,335$1,405
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only)$365$385
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim)$490$515*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only)$595$625
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim)$720*$755*
Response to initiating application (Final)$365$385
Notice of appeal to the full court including an appeal from the Federal Circuit Court$1,425$1,500
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial)$125$130
Issue subpoena$55$60
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010$125$130
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment$110$115

Court event fees
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable)$660
$695 (Div 2)
$945 (Div 1)
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day)$660
$695 (Div 2)
$945 (Div 1)
Conciliation conference$415$435 (Both)

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