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Critical funding renewed to support Australian families

Media Release

The Morrison Government is seeking applications from organisations to deliver a $44 million advice and support service, over five years, for families going through a relationship breakdown.

The Family Relationship Advice Line is a national telephone advice service that helps families with legal and non-legal problems after separation. The service is free and available across Australia.

The Advice Line service provides information about the family law system, parenting arrangements for children after separation, legal advice on family law issues, and offers family dispute resolution via telephone to help parents work out parenting arrangements for their children.

The Advice Line has been helping families since 2006, when it was established by the Howard Government.

"The Morrison Government is focused on delivering a family law system that supports the needs of Australian families. A central component of the government's commitment is to ensure that families can resolve their disputes as quickly, easily and cheaply as possible," Attorney-General, Christian Porter, said.

"Family breakdown can be an extremely stressful and difficult time. Ensuring that families are well supported and have access to professional help through this time is key.

"The Government provides more than $163 million every year to fund family law services that are accessible to all Australians."

In the coming months, the Government will also be seeking applications through the Community Grants Hub to renew the funding for its other crucial family law services for a five year period:

  • Family Relationship Centres;
  • Children's Contact Services;
  • Family Dispute Resolution;
  • Regional Family Dispute Resolution Services;
  • Family Law Counselling;
  • Parenting Orders Program and Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Program; and
  • Supporting Children after Separation Program.

Organisations can obtain more information about the Advice Line grant funding by visiting

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is currently undertaking the first comprehensive review of the family law system since the Family Law Act 1975 commenced. The ALRC is due to report by 31 March 2019. Five-year funding agreements will ensure that Australian families have uninterrupted access to support, advice and assistance services, while the Government considers, designs and implements any reforms stemming from recommendations of the ALRC review.