Notice of contention

This form is filed by the Respondent in an appeal if they do not want to cross-appeal from any part of the order, but contend that the order should be affirmed on grounds other than those relied on by the Court appealed from. 

Filing with the Court

The Notice of Contention can be filed by email to the National Appeals Registry via the Appeals registry where the matter is being heard. Each appeals registry has a generic email address:

While this type of application cannot be eFiled on the Commonwealth Courts Portal and must be filed at a Court registry, any orders made will be available on the Portal. After you have filed the application you can register on the portal. For more information see, How do I register for the Commonwealth Courts Portal?.


The Notice of Contention must be filed within 28 days after the Notice of Appeal was served on the Respondent and served on any other parties within 14 days of filing by ordinary service. For more information on service go to 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.