Senior Judicial Registrars, Judicial Registrars and Deputy Registrars (collectively known as Registrars) each undertake key roles in the operation of the family law jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (the Court). All three categories of Registrar exercise aspects of judicial power which has formally been delegated to them by the Judges of both Divisions of the Court. A table outlining the powers delegated to Registrars can be found in Schedule 4 to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Family Law) Rules 2021.

In exercising these delegated powers, Registrars manage cases from the point of filing and undertake tasks which would otherwise be completed by Judges. The Court’s use of Registrars in this way allows Judges to dedicate more time to the hearing and determination of complex interim applications and final hearings.

The roles undertaken by each category of Registrar is outlined in more detail below.

Senior Judicial Registrars

The primary role of a Senior Judicial Registrar is to preside over interim hearings and determine interlocutory applications, generally in circumstances where there is no agreement between the parties. Senior Judicial Registrars have the following powers to:

  • make interim parenting or financial orders
  • make parenting or financial orders in undefended proceedings
  • vary or set aside financial orders
  • make orders for spousal or de facto maintenance
  • make orders for child maintenance (including adult child maintenance)
  • make location orders and recovery orders
  • make orders for enforcement of parenting or financial orders
  • grant injunctions until further order or in undefended proceedings
  • summarily dismiss a proceeding.

In addition to these powers, Senior Judicial Registrars have all the powers delegated to Judicial Registrars, which are discussed below.

Name Contact email
Senior Judicial Registrar Marianne Bastiani
Senior Judicial Registrar Kara Best
Senior Judicial Registrar Amy Clarke
Senior Judicial Registrar Celia Conlan
Senior Judicial Registrar Andrea Evans
Senior Judicial Registrar Sally Field
Senior Judicial Registrar Tracy Flintoff
Senior Judicial Registrar Angela Hayward
Senior Judicial Registrar Kathryn Heuer
Senior Judicial Registrar Rohan Hoult
Senior Judicial Registrar Sharney Jenkinson
Senior Judicial Registrar Rasheel Kaur
Senior Judicial Registrar Maria Kourtis
Senior Judicial Registrar Clare McCormack
Senior Judicial Registrar Ann-Maree McDiarmid
Senior Judicial Registrar Brett McGrath
Senior Judicial Registrar Sally McNamara
Senior Judicial Registrar Amanda Malinowsky
Senior Judicial Registrar Frances Neilson
Senior Judicial Registrar Lisa O'Neill
Senior Judicial Registrar Anne-Marie Rice
Senior Judicial Registrar Christopher Spink
Senior Judicial Registrar Kerrie Stuart
Senior Judicial Registrar Katherine Sudholz
Senior Judicial Registrar Bruce Thiele
Senior Judicial Registrar Dinh Tran
Senior Judicial Registrar Liana Whitten

Judicial Registrars

Judicial Registrars generally preside over directions hearings and initial court events. They undertake a triage and assessment role, in managing cases through the Court process and conduct the vast majority of internal dispute resolution events.

The powers delegated to Judicial Registrars are more procedural in nature, and include (in summary) power to:

  • make parenting and/or financial orders in undefended proceedings (subject to conditions)
  • make, discharge, vary or suspend orders for spousal or de facto maintenance (subject to conditions)
  • make costs orders, including orders for security for costs
  • make a range of procedural and case management orders 
  • make location orders
  • dispense with the requirements of service
  • appoint an Independent Children’s Lawyer
  • make orders in relation to subpoenas
  • direct parties to attend upon a Court Child Expert.

Deputy Registrars

Deputy Registrars are a type of Judicial Registrar who are approved to exercise a limited range of delegated powers, including power to:

  • make divorce orders in undefended proceedings
  • make parenting and/or financial orders by consent of the parties
  • make a range of procedural and case management orders
  • dispense with the requirements of service.

Under the new Court structure, Deputy Registrars are responsible for conducting divorce hearings, considering applications for consent orders, conducting internal dispute resolution events and reviewing applications for urgency.