Application for sealed copy of orders

Note: Most orders made after July 2017 are available to download from the Commonwealth Courts Portal at no cost. For a step-by-step guide see How do I access orders?

How do I apply to the court to obtain a replacement copy of my orders?

If you require a sealed copy of orders from a file that are not available from the Commonwealth Courts Portal and you were a party to the proceedings you should complete the Application for sealed copy of orders.

What if I am a lawyer acting for someone who was a party to a family law matter and I am not on the record?

Please complete the Application for sealed copy of orders and provide a covering letter on your firm's letterhead confirming that you are currently acting for the party.

What if I am not a party to the file?

If you are not a party to the file you will need the permission of a registrar to obtain a copy of orders. This request must be in writing. You can send this request by email or post/fax it to the appropriate registry where the file is held. 

The registry will contact you to advise whether permission has been granted.

How much will it cost to get a copy of my orders?

There is a $30 fee for each order which includes postage.

Payment is to be made by credit/debit card (visa or mastercard) by completing the Credit Card Payment form and must be included with any Application for a sealed copy of orders.

Where do I send my Application for sealed copy of orders and payment?

You can post your application and payment to the registry where the orders were made.

How long will it take to get my sealed copy of orders?

The court will endeavour to send your sealed copy of orders as soon as possible once we have received your request and payment. Please allow 10 working days for processing. Please take into consideration time for posting.

Can I use this form to obtain a copy of my divorce order?

This form cannot be used to obtain a copy of a divorce order. If you require proof of divorce please see How do I prove I am divorced.

What if I am overseas?

You can post your application if you are overseas. The $30 fee includes postage within Australia or overseas.

Can I use this form to obtain documents from a file?

No, there is a different process for this. 

You should go to Request for file inspection.

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