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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.ag.gov.au

14 May 2006 089/2006

SUPPORTING FAMILIES IN NATIONAL FAMILIES WEEK

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today marked the start of National Families Week announcing new support services for separated families affected by entrenched conflict.

On Mother’s Day - which can be a difficult day for some separated families - Mr Ruddock revealed the location of 31 new services across Australia as part of the Government’s biggest ever investment in the family law system.

The announcement comes following the week in which the most significant changes to family law in three decades were passed in the Australian Parliament.

Eight new Parenting Orders Programs (also known as Contact Orders Programs) will be located in rural and regional areas, bringing the total number of services under this program to 20 by the middle of next year.

Mr Ruddock said the services would assist families experiencing high levels of conflict affecting contact between children and parents with whom they no longer live.

Feedback from parents in a recent pilot indicated 88 per cent of participants had achieved a positive outcome through the program.

“This program offers intensive and targeted support for parents unable to agree on arrangements for their children despite court orders being issued,” Mr Ruddock said. “The Government believes it is a better alternative for parents than repeatedly going back to court to resolve contact issues.”

Another 23 new Children's Contact Services also will be funded, bringing the total Australia-wide to 65. Children's Contact Services help separated parents maintain a relationship with their children by providing a safe, neutral venue where changeover and supervised contact can take place with the other parent or family members.

“This will relieve pressure for many separated families and avoid situations which can be a flash point for conflict and violence,” Mr Ruddock said.

A competitive tender selection process will be undertaken to determine new service providers.

Attorney General News Release 2

A new Family Relationship Advice Line will start nationally in July to coincide with the opening of the first 15 Family Relationship Centres. The Attorney-General announced today Marks & Sands Lawyers in Perth will be providing legal advice services for the new Family Relationship Advice Line which will provide information, referral and advice to families affected by separation or relationship issues.

Mr Ruddock also revealed the timing for the establishment of the remaining 50 Centres to be rolled out progressively in the next two years.

* Details of the 31 new services and the timetable for remaining FRCs are attached.

Media Contact: Charlie McKillop 0419 278 715

Attorney General News Release 3

Locations of new services for 2007-08 and 2008-09 State 2007-08

Location

Service Type 2008-09

Location

Service Type

Albury Parenting Orders

Program

Bankstown (Sydney) Family Relationship Centre

Children's Contact Service Bathurst Family Relationship

Centre

Blacktown (Sydney)

Family Relationship Centre Brookvale (Sydney)

Family Relationship Centre

Campbelltown (Sydney) Family Relationship Centre

Coffs Harbour

Family Relationship Centre

Fairfield (Sydney) Family Relationship Centre Dubbo Family Relationship

Centre

Lismore Parenting Orders

Program

Gosford Family Relationship

Centre

Newcastle Family Relationship

Centre

Parramatta (Sydney) Family Relationship Centre

North Ryde (Sydney)

Family Relationship Centre Port Macquarie

Children's Contact Service

Nowra Family Relationship

Centre

Children's Contact Service

Wagga Wagga Family Relationship Centre

Sydney City

Family Relationship Centre

Wollongong Parenting Orders

Program

Children's Contact Service

Tamworth

Family Relationship Centre

Taree Family Relationship

Centre

New South Wales

Wyong Children's Contact

Service

Ballarat Family Relationship

Centre

Broadmeado ws (Melbourne)

Family Relationship Centre

Berwick (Melbourne)

Family Relationship Centre Chadstone (Melbourne)

Family Relationship Centre

Parenting Orders Program Cranbourne Children's Contact Service

Geelong

Family Relationship Centre

Children's Contact Service

Greensborough (Melbourne) Family Relationship Centre

Melbourne City Family Relationship Centre

Morwell/Traralgon Family Relationship Centre Children's Contact Service

Wodonga Family Relationship

Centre

Shepparton

Family Relationship Centre Children's Contact Service

Victoria

Warrnamboo

l

Family Relationship

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State 2007-08

Location

Service Type 2008-09

Location

Service Type

Centre

Parenting Orders Program Bundaberg Family Relationship Centre

Children's Contact Service Caboolture Children's Contact Service

Cairns

Family Relationship Centre Chermside (Brisbane)

Family Relationship Centre

Parenting Orders Program Hervey Bay Children's Contact Service

Gold Coast

Family Relationship Centre Logan (Brisbane)

Family Relationship Centre

Children's Contact Service Mackay Family Relationship

Centre

Ipswich

Family Relationship Centre Toowoomba Family Relationship Centre

Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast) Family Relationship Centre

Parenting Orders Program Children's Contact Service

Rockhampton

Family Relationship Centre

Sunshine Coast Parenting Orders Program

Queensland

Upper Mount Gravatt (Brisbane) Family Relationship Centre

Children's Contact Services Albany Children's Contact

Service

Geraldton

Family Relationship Centre Armadale Children's Contact

Service

Children's Contact Service Bunbury Family Relationship

Centre

Mandurah (Perth)

Family Relationship Centre Kalgoorlie Children's Contact Service

Midland (Perth) Family Relationship Centre Perth City Family Relationship Centre

Western Australia

Pilbara/Kim

berly region Family Relationship Centre

Berri Children's Contact

Service

Adelaide Family Relationship

Centre

Noarlunga (Adelaide)

Family Relationship Centre Burnside Children's Contact

Service

Children's Contact Service Mt Gambier Family Relationship Centre

South Australia

Port Augusta

Family Relationship Centre

Attorney General News Release 5

State 2007-08

Location

Service Type 2008-09

Location

Service Type

Devonport Children's Contact

Service

Tasmania

Launceston Family Relationship

Centre