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Access to Justice (Federal Jurisdiction) Amendment Bill 2011

Originating house
House of Representatives


Amends: the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to clarify that the Federal Court or judge may make orders for the costs of discovery during litigation and for pre-trial oral examination about discovery; five Acts to clarify the circumstances in which suppression and non-publications orders can be made, what information they can cover and details they should contain; the Family Law Act 1975, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976, Federal Magistrates Act 1999 and Judiciary Act 1903 to clarify the circumstances in which vexatious proceedings orders can be made and the kinds of orders that can be made, without affecting the courts’ other powers; the Family Law Act 1975 to align the jurisdictional limit for matters heard by family law magistrates in Western Australia with the Federal Magistrates Court; and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 to change the way fees are paid in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23/11/11  
Second reading moved 23/11/11  
Referred to Main Committee 13/02/12  
Second reading debate 15/02/12  
Second reading agreed to 15/02/12  
Reported from Main Committee 16/02/12  
Third reading agreed to 16/02/12  
Introduced and read a first time 27/02/12  
Second reading moved 27/02/12  
Second reading debate 22/11/12  
Second reading agreed to 22/11/12  
Third reading agreed to 22/11/12  
Text of bill as passed both Houses 22/11/12  
Assent 11/12/12 Act no.: 186 - Year: 2012

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (24/11/2011): House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs; Statement made discharging the committee's requirement to provide a report (13/02/2012)
  • Referred to Committee (25/11/2011): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (29/03/2012)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)