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Data custodian: Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.
Agency responsible for collecting the data: Commissioned research undertaken by Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.
Contact: for data access requests: Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, Commonwealth Copyright Administration.
Address: Attorney-General’s Department, 3–5 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600
Telephone: 02 6141 6666
Contact for questions about the research: Professor Ilan Katz, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052.
Telephone: 02 9385 7800
These surveys formed part of the research undertaken to inform the Australian Government’s understanding of the implications of the changes to the 2006 Family Law Reforms on Shared Care Parenting, and the circumstances under which shared care arrangements work, and do not work, in the best interests of the child.
FDV is not the focus of this research; however some information was collected about the impacts of violence and safety concerns on care arrangements.
The Report to the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department is based on analysis of a range of both primary and secondary data sources, of which these surveys are part.
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
No formal definition used. Respondents’ own understandings and experiences of Family and domestic Violence influenced the data.
Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
This comprised a postal survey of parents concerning their experience of parenting arrangements, with a particular focus on shared care.
1500 surveys sent via solicitors to parents who used the services of a private family law solicitor or who used legal aid or a family support service. A sample of solicitor’s offices were selected from a National database of family law solicitors.
10,000 surveys sent via the Child Support Agency, were sent to a stratified random sample of registered clients and, as far as possible, their matched ex-partners in three groups as follows:
1. Those who were in actively involved in shared care from July 1 2007 to June 30 2008 (n=5000)
2. Those who used to be in shared before July 1 2007 (n=2500)
3. Those not in shared care at the time of selection for the survey (n=2500).
The survey yielded a response rate of 10.5%, with 1047 completed responses.
Further interviews were conducted with 40 parent respondents and 4 children.
Survey of children and young people
An online survey for children and young people was hosted by a number of different websites whose target audience is children and young people (e.g. Kids Helpline, the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, and the Commissions for Children and Young People in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania). There were 140 respondents to this survey.
Scope / target population
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.