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National expansion of the FCFCOA Lighthouse Model – information & national webinar recording

The FCFCOA has received funding to expand the current Lighthouse Model successfully piloted in the Adelaide, Brisbane and Parramatta registries since late 2020 , detailed can be found in a media release here.

From 28 November 2022, the FCFCOA will roll out the Lighthouse model to 15 family law registries nationally, which include Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Dandenong, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Parramatta, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville, and Wollongong in both parenting and parenting/financial cases.

The Lighthouse model involves three interconnected processes:

  1. Risk Screening: Parties filing an eligible Initiating Application or Response, will be asked to complete the Family DOORS Triage risk screen via a confidential and secure online platform. This has been developed specifically for the Courts and can be completed safely and conveniently from any device; computer, mobile phone or tablet. Assistance can also be provided by the Lighthouse Team to complete.
  2. Triage: The Lighthouse Team, a dedicated, specialised team, will assess and direct cases into the most appropriate case management pathway based on the level of risk. The team is made up of highly skilled Judicial Registrars, Triage Counsellors (psychologists/ social workers acting in the role of Family Counsellor), and support staff with detailed knowledge in family violence and family safety risks. The team will triage matters and identify parties which may require additional support and safety measures. This may include online referrals or interviews with those most at risk.
  3. Case Management: Those matters with the highest levels of risk will be referred to be placed on the Evatt List, the specialist court list developed and designed to assist those families that have been identified as being at high risk of family violence and other safety concerns. The Evatt List focuses on early information gathering and intervention from the very commencement of proceedings. The team has specialised training and is experienced in working with families where high risk safety issues have been identified. Lower risk cases will be considered for a range of case management pathways, including dispute resolution, in accordance with the level of risk and the Central Practice Direction – Family Law Case Management.

The Courts have hosted a number of national webinars in the lead up to the commencement. A recording of he webinar is available on the Courts YouTube channel:

The Courts have also published detailed updates on the following topics:

  • Lighthouse risk screening
  • The Evatt list
  • Summary of changes and information session opportunities

These fact sheets and more information can be found on the Courts’ website:

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