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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3594


Mr Price asked the Attorney-General, in writing, on 10 March 2009:

(1)  

(a)   How many Family Court Judges are currently appointed;

(b)   how many personal staff does each have; and

(c)   what is the budgeted allocation for such staff during the 2008-09 financial year.

(2)  

(a)   How many Federal Magistrates handling family law matters are currently appointed;

(b)   how many personal staff does each have; and

(c)   what is the budgeted allocation for such staff during the 2008-09 financial year.


Mr McClelland (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)  

(a)   The Family Court of Australia has 35 Judges appointed (including the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice). There is currently 1 vacant judicial position in Newcastle.

(b)   On average there is 1.85 direct support staff (Associates) per Judge (totalling 64.70 FTEs). Associates are employed under the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth) by the Chief Executive Officer and, as such, are not the ‘personal staff’ of Judges.

(c)   The budgeted allocation for these support staff for 2008-09 is $4.769 million.

(2)  

(a)   The Federal Magistrates Court of Australia has 46.80 Federal Magistrates allocated to family law (including the Chief Federal Magistrate).

(b)   On average there are 2 direct support staff (Associates) per Federal Magistrate (totalling 96.60 FTEs). Associates are employed under the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth) by the Chief Executive Officer and, as such, are not the ‘personal staff’ of Federal Magistrates.

(c)   The budgeted allocation for these support staff for 2008-09 is $6.680 million.