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Fifty new Family Relationship Centres unveiled.

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13 October 2005 186/2005


Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the location of fifty new Family Relationship Centres, the centrepiece of the Government’s family law reforms.

“The fifty new Centres will be established in mid 2007 and 2008 and build upon the 15 Centres previously announced to open next year,” Mr Ruddock said.

“We want the centres to become an integral part of the Australian community - a place people can go when they need help making their relationships stronger or to reach agreement that focuses on the needs of their children when relationships end.”

The remaining centres will be in:

• Sydney, North Ryde, Parramatta, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Blacktown, Brookvale, and Fairfield in the Sydney metropolitan area

• Nowra, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Gosford, and Taree in regional NSW

• Broadmeadows, Melbourne city, Chadstone, Greensborough and Berwick in the Melbourne metropolitan area

• Shepparton, Ballarat, Geelong, Morwell/Traralgon, Wodonga and Warrnambool in regional Victoria

• Chermside, Upper Mount Gravatt, Logan and Ipswich in the Brisbane metropolitan area

• Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast), Mackay, Cairns, Rockhampton and Bundaberg in regional Queensland

• Noarlunga and Adelaide in the Adelaide metropolitan area

• Port Augusta and Mt Gambier in regional South Australia

• Perth City, Mandurah and Midland in the Perth metropolitan area

• Bunbury, Geraldton and the Pilbara / Kimberley region in regional Western Australia; and,

• Launceston in Tasmania

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“The Government recognises families will need assistance before the network of centres is fully established,” Mr Ruddock said.

“A national advice line and website will be established next financial year to provide support and assistance to families”.

In addition to the Family Relationship Centres, the Attorney today also announced new support services for separating families.

Four new services under the Contact Orders Program - to be located in Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin and Townsville Contact Orders Program will be established in 2006-07.

The Contact Orders Program helps parents and children after separation to resolve disputes so that children can have contact with both their parents.

Seven new children’s contact services - to be located in Canberra, Salisbury in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and Penrith and Sutherland in Sydney - will be established in 2006-07.

Over the next four years 30 new children's contact services will be established around Australia. Children's contact services assist separated parents to manage contact arrangements with their children by offering supervised and facilitated changeovers and contact visits in a safe, reliable and neutral place.

Family Dispute Resolution Services also will be expanded with six new services to be established in Werribee in Victoria, Maitland and Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Caboolture in Queensland and two in the Pilbara / Kimberley region of Western Australia in 2006-07.

“We have consulted widely with the community on these reforms and established a Government Taskforce to oversee the establishment of the Family Relationship Centres,” Mr Ruddock said.

“The centres will become a vital source of support and assistance for families. At a minimum, the centres must deliver high-quality, timely, safe and ethical services,” he said.

Media Contact: Charlie McKillop (02) 6277 7300/0419 278 715