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Compliance with and Enforcement of Family Law Parenting Orders - Survey of Professionals

Introduction and consent

Thank you for reading our Project Information for the Compliance with and Enforcement of Family Law Parenting Orders Project


The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has been commissioned and funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) to undertake this project to enable better understanding of the family law enforcement regime in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), and the factors that do and do not support compliance with parenting orders.


The purpose of the survey is to gain information about compliance with family law parenting orders from the perspective of family law system professionals. 


All family law system professionals both from a legal background (for e.g. judicial officers, barristers and solicitors) and from a non-legal background (for e.g. Family Dispute Resolution practitioners and professionals working in post-separation support services, including parenting order programs and family violence sector professionals) are invited to participate in this survey.


Participation in this survey will involve responding to a range of survey questions that will help us to better understand your experiences.


This survey is voluntary

Participation is completely voluntary. 


Most people will take around 20-30 minutes to complete the survey. 


Privacy and confidentiality

All information collected from you in the survey will be kept confidential and will be stored securely in accordance with the AIFS  Privacy Policy


AIFS respects and upholds your rights under the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Please see our Privacy Policy regarding our obligation to protect your privacy rights.


Your responses to the survey will be de-identified and will be accessible only to the members of the AIFS research team on a need-to-know basis. The survey responses will be stored on AIFS’ secure, password-protected server.


How to participate in this survey

Most questions in this survey will ask you to select a response from the options provided. 


There are also a small number of questions that allow you to provide a comment. Making comments where requested in this survey is optional.


You can choose not to answer particular questions and skip to the next question or section. You can also use the "Go back" button if you wish to change any of your answers.


We ask that you do not use any identifying information when providing responses to any of the survey questions. For example, please DO NOT use anyone’s name, the name of an organisation or place names in your responses. 


After you have answered each question, use the mouse to scroll down to the next question on the page.


When you have answered each set of questions, please submit your answers and continue to the next page by selecting the "Submit and proceed" button. 


On the last page of the survey you will be asked to click the “Submit” button when you are finished and ready to submit your responses. 


What if I want to take a break when undertaking the survey?

If at any stage you need to take a break from the survey and finish it later, press the "Resume later" button. You will be asked to enter and save a name, password and email address for the survey. After saving these details, you can simply close the window containing the survey.


What if I do not want to continue?

If you decide that you no longer wish to participate in the survey, you can choose to exit and clear your survey answers by using the "Exit and clear survey" button. You can also stop filling in further answers at any point by simply closing down the browser. If you select the "Exit and clear survey" button, any data entered in the survey up to that point will be cleared and will not be accessible by AIFS.


If you have already submitted your survey responses, you may notify the AIFS Research Team at parentingorders@aifs.gov.au or call 1800 720 142 within 1 day from submitting your survey and your data will be deleted. 


Although you can stop the survey at any time, we ask that you answer as many questions as you can because we need as many complete responses as possible so that we can represent the full range of experiences with compliance with and enforcement of parenting orders. There are no right or wrong answers. We are interested in knowing about your views and experiences. 


What if I have a problem when accessing the survey?

If you have problems accessing this survey, please email the AIFS Research Team at parentingorders@aifs.gov.au or call 1800 720 142.


To begin the survey:

By selecting "Submit and proceed" to start the survey you are confirming that you consent to participating in this survey.