Table 6 – Counsel’s fees in family law matters

Table 6 – Counsel’s fees in family law matters

Table 6 shows the lump sum fees payable to counsel in family law matters.

Court Service/proceeding Fee payable
State Magistrates’ Court Daily fee, including conferences $408
Federal Circuit Court Pre-trial: brief to appear in opposed family law matters, matters anticipated to be opposed, ex parte orders $565
Federal Circuit Court Defended matters: daily fee $1489
Federal Circuit Court Conferences (maximum of 3 hours) $209 per hour
Federal Circuit Court Take judgment $209
Family Court Pre-trial: brief to appear in opposed family law matters, matters anticipated to be opposed $565
Family Court Appeals: single judge $1157
Family Court Appeals: full court $1489
Family Court Defended: daily fee $1489
Family Court Conferences: (maximum of 3 hours) $209 per hour
Family Court Take judgment $209 per hour

These fees are effective from 1 January 2017. For fees payable in matters prior to this date, see Archived versions of the Handbook.

Practitioners can claim these fees using ATLAS or submitting a tax invoice.