Application for Review

This form is used to seek review of an exercise of power by a registrar. For more information on the roles of registrars and the designated powers in Schedule 4 of the Family Law Rules, see Registrars.

An Application for Review must be filed within 21 days of the order or decision being made.

The filing of an Application for Review does not operate as a stay of the original order or decision. If you wish to suspend the orders until a decision is made on the review (called a Stay Application) you can file an Application in a Proceeding with a supporting Affidavit – Family law and child support asking the Court to stay the operation of the original order.

Filing with the Court

The Application for Review cannot be eFiled on the Commonwealth Courts Portal. You can submit your Application for Review and accompanying documents by emailing the court registry.


Once this document has been filed it must be served on any other parties and the Independent Children’s Lawyer, if one was appointed, by ordinary service within 7 days from filing. For more information see How do I serve family law documents?.

Legal advice

To understand your legal rights and responsibilities you should obtain legal advice. A lawyer can explain how the law applies to your case and assist you to complete forms and lodge documents. The Court is unable to provide legal advice because to do so would seriously compromise its ability to impartially determine your case. There are several free services available. See Find a Lawyer for more information.