Published: 21 October, 2021

End of year school holiday period application deadline

Rule 5.03 of the Federal Circuit and Family Court (Family Law) Rules 2021 specifies that applications for an interim parenting order relating in whole or part to the school holiday period beginning in December (in the application year) and extending to January (in the following year) must be filed before 4pm on the second Friday in November of the application year.

This year the deadline is 4pm Friday 12 November 2021. Applications filed after this date will be allocated the next available hearing date, in the usual way. That date may be after Christmas.

In cases of urgency, the usual criteria for an urgent hearing apply. Applications to abridge times and to list a matter on short notice may be made to the registry.