Introduction to Family Law in Australia - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Online Discussion (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

Please note: this unit is currently not taking further enrolments in Study Session 3, 2017.

This unit provides an introduction to the theory and practice of family law for the legal practitioner. The aim is to introduce law students to aspects of family law legislation and cases. The unit will assist students to develop an interest in the family law jurisdiction for possible practice as a lawyer and identify and develop discuss law reform options.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of aspects of Family Law in Australia;
  2. critically evaluate the Family Law system in Australia and identify areas of reform;
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to Family Law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to Family Law and generate appropriate responses.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Online Discussion (25%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is Family? What is Marriage? What are defacto relationships?
2Theoretical and Practice Concerns in Family Law Practice
3Constitutional Issues in the Family Law Jurisdiction
4Family Court and Family Dispute Resolution
5Formation and Dissolution of Marriage
6Economic Concerns in Family Jurisdiction (3 Weeks)
7Children's Rights, Parenting, Parenting Orders
8Ethical Concerns in Family Law Practice
9Reform in Family Law
10Family Law Practice Skills

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Focus Series: Family Law, 6th Edition

    By:Mills, E; Ebejer, M

    ISBN: 9780409338911


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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