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Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Originating house


Amends the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976, Family Law Act 1975 and Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 to: designate the Federal Court of Australia (including the National Native Title Tribunal), the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as a single administrative entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and a single statutory agency under the Public Service Act 1999; establish shared corporate services functions for the courts; maintain the responsibility of the heads of jurisdictions in relation to the business and administrative affairs of their respective courts; provide for a chief executive officer (CEO) for each head of jurisdiction to assist with the management of administrative affairs and provide that the CEOs also hold the position of Principal Registrar; provide for the Federal Court CEO to have responsibility for managing the shared corporate services, with a requirement for consultation; and provide that the Federal Court CEO is the accountable authority for the administrative entity and the agency head for the statutory agency. Also makes consequential amendments to 16 Acts.

Progress of bill

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Introduced and read a first time 02/12/15  
Second reading moved 02/12/15  
Second reading debate 22/02/16  
Second reading agreed to 22/02/16  
Third reading agreed to 22/02/16  
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 22/02/16  
Second reading moved 02/03/16  
Second reading debate 02/03/16  
Second reading agreed to 02/03/16  
Third reading agreed to 02/03/16  
Finally passed both Houses 02/03/16  
Assent 18/03/16 Act no: 24 - Year: 2016

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 (03/12/2015): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (02/02/2016)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)