e-Newsletter  |  July 2020
Recent event:  Nathan Wallis webinar -

Last Wednesday, 22 July, ninety of our Sunshine Coast FLPN members viewed a presentation by neuroscientist Nathan Wallis, joining nearly 3000 Network members nationwide.  Many also took the opportunity to avail themselves of catch-up viewing in the week that followed.

Nathan unpacked the topic of Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents in the context of family breakdown.  He explained t
he way the brain works, the human stress response system and the changes to the brain in the teenage years.  Nathan was also true to his promise of sharing valuable techniques for managing stress, anxiety and depression.

The Project Officers from approximately thirty Family Law Pathways Networks nationally are now planning to deliver a second series of webinars that will be held on a monthly basis until the end of the year.  This is partly as a continuing response to COVID-19, but also on the back of a very successful first series of webinars that achieved a 4.7 out of 5 stars rating from thousands of participants.  The series also underlined the benefit of collaboration and the sharing of resources in order to deliver international and national expert presenters to our members on a free-of-charge basis.  Further details on this second series will follow soon.
The Lighthouse Project -

A number of Family Law Pathways Network Project Officers were this week briefed about the Lighthouse Pilot Project that will operate in the Adelaide, Brisbane and Parramatta registries of the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court from September. 

The project involves a ground-breaking method in which the Courts will identify and assess risk at an early stage of the court process to ensure that people experiencing family violence will receive support, as well as appropriate case management.

Importantly, cases identified as involving high risk will be heard and determined swiftly through a specialised Court List, known as the “Evatt List”.

The Australian Government is providing $13.5 million to fund the project.

Further details are available here.

Local service update -

Upcoming webinar - "Domestic and Family Violence - practice principles, standards and guidance"

Queensland's Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women are encouraging all domestic, family and sexual violence staff to attend a regional webinar to learn more about the revised practice standards.  

The domestic and family violence services practice principles, standards and guidance set out the principles and standards that funded domestic and family violence services are contractually required to comply with from 1 January 2021.

The Sunshine Coast event will be held on Wednesday 12 August.   Click here for futher details and to book.

There is also a web page here dedicated to 
service providers where the Department will be regularly providing updates and resources.
In the News -


Government fails to deliver promised family law superannuation scheme on time - Women's Agenda, 23 July

CBA and Our Watch provide free domestic and family violence workplace resources - Media release, 7 July

Manipulative tactics rise in domestic violence during Queensland lockdown - Brisbane Times, 30 June

Family Courts -

Alternative dispute resolution, settlement and mediation services - stakeholder information - 20 July

Updated face-to-face in-court protocol - 12 June

The fees payable in the Family Law Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have changed from 1 July 2020.  Click the links above for details.

Attorney-General Media Releases -

New National Children's Commissioner appointed - 28 July

New 'amica' online service to assist couples to separate amicably - 30 June

$2 billion partnership to delivery legal assistance services for Australians - 30 June
New Members - 

A reminder that the Family Law Pathways Network Sunshine Coast warmly welcomes new Members.  Membership is FREE to join: encourage interested colleagues to simply email their details to the FLPN Co-ordinator via this link.
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