Fees increase for Federal Circuit Court

Fees increase for Federal Circuit Court of Australia Fee from 1 July 2018

Application for divorce $900
Application for divorce – reduced fee^ $300
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final only) $345
Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final AND Interim) $465*
Initiating application (Parenting AND Financial, Final only) $565
Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial, Final AND Interim) $685*
Response to initiating application (Final) $345
Interim order application/Application in a case (Parenting AND/OR Financial) $120
Issue subpoena $55
Application under the Trans Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 $120
Filing an application to register a New Zealand judgment $110
Setting down for hearing fee (defended matter) (This fee is not refundable) $630
Daily hearing fee (for each hearing day, excluding the first hearing day) $630
Conciliation conference $395

* Initiating applications that seek interim AND final orders also attract the interim order fee. Example:

  • Initiating Application (Parenting AND Financial) $565 + Interim order application $120 = Total filing fee $685
  • Initiating Application (Parenting OR Financial, Final) $345 + Interim order application  $120 = Total filing fee $465

If you hold certain Government concession cards or you can demonstrate financial hardship, you may be eligible for:

^ a reduced fee for an application for divorce (both parties must be eligible if filing a joint application) or decree of nullity.

For all other applications you may be eligible for an exemption of fees.

Filing fees can be paid online when filing using the Commonwealth Courts Portal

Court event fees can also be paid online (once you have received a statement with your PID number) via

Payment for filing and court event fees can be made in registries via:

  • eftpos
  • debit card
  • credit card

or by mail using:

  • Visa and Mastercard credit/debit card

If you DO NOT have a credit/debit card you can buy a pre-paid debit card from the Post Office for a nominal fee. For more information visit the Australia Post website.

Credit card payment form

You may need this form when making a payment.

This form must be included with any mailed application or request. Please do not fax this form unless you have been directly requested to do so by the Court.

The Credit card payment form is available on the forms page.

These fees apply from 1 July 2018 and are set by Federal Government regulations Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012.

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