Family Law Section

The Family Law Section (FLS) of the Law Council of Australia is the largest professional association for family law practitioners, with a membership of almost 2,600 from all Australian States and Territories and a number of international members. The Family Law Section exists to positively influence the development and practice of family law for the benefit of its members and the general community, and to promote professional excellence and influence decision making, so that the family law system in Australia is fair, respected, functional and responsive to community needs.


To improve the professionalism of family lawyers and be recognised by members, and the broader legal community, government, the courts, stakeholders and the community for effectively leading the development of family law and practice in Australia.


  • Commitment – to improving the practice of family law in Australia
  • Professionalism – so that family law is recognised as a mainstream area of legal practice, and respected for its social value
  • Excellence – in everything we do for and on behalf of members and in running the Section
  • Non-partisanship – in representing the interests of our members our views will be independent of politics.


Membership and membership services: To increase membership growth and retention through the delivery of first-class membership services, events and professional development programs based on an understanding of members’ needs.

Representation: To effectively represent the interests of members with decision-makers and influencers and lead the development of family law in Australia.

Organisation and management: To ensure the Section is effectively resourced and managed, consistent with its aims, values and commitment to members.

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