Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus of this subject is Australian Family Law. The role of the state and of traditional legal forms in the regulation, maintenance and control of family and personal relationships is covered. The impact of the changing role of women and men in the family, as well as increasing family diversity, are considered. Specific issues canvassed include the legal regulation of family formation and breakdown; the financial consequences of family formation and breakdown; parental responsibility and children's rights. This subject aims to provide students with an overview of the key issues in contemporary family law in Australia, as well as opportunities for critical analysis of the policies that underlie it.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHannah Robert

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW5CNA or LAW5LRE or have permission of the Law School Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) Programs


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Australian Family Law: The Contemporary Context

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBelinda Fehlberg, Rae Kaspiew, Jenni Millbank, Fiona Kelly & Juliet Behrens



PublisherOxford University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop an awareness and capacity to critically analyse the key issues in contemporary Australian Family Law.
02. Develop detailed knowledge of the legal framework which regulates the responsibilities, rights and duties of family members in Australia, and of the socio-legal factors that this legal framework
03. Develop high level skills in legal analysis and reasoning and improve legal problem solving skills in relation to family law problems.
04. Clearly communicate complex legal concepts and doctrines in a relevant and succinct way.
05. Critically analyse the historical, social, economic and cultural context in which family law decision-making arises.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Winter semester, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHannah Robert

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 27 - 28
Four 7.00 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Policy essay (1500 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5

Take home examination (4000 word equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4