Disclaimer: This material is produced by the AFP and is intended to provide general information in summary form on the Family Law Watchlist and related family law orders. We have sought to ensure this information is accurate and current at the time of writing. The contents do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek formal legal advice from a legal practitioner in particular matters rather than relying only on the information on this page.
Our role in family law matters is to:
- act on certain types of orders issued by a court, including recovery orders or arrest warrants
- prevent the unlawful removal of children from Australia.
We can't enforce parenting orders or provide legal advice. We work with families often, and understand how sensitive and distressing family law matters can be.
If you're worried that a child is in immediate danger, call000.
Find out more about family law offences and the AFP's jurisdiction.
If you're concerned your child may be taken overseas without your consent, you can place them on the Family Law Watchlist while they're still in Australia. This means we will know if they try to travel.
If your child is overseas in violation of Section 65YA or Section 65ZAA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), which relate to taking or sending a child outside Australia, this becomes a criminal investigation. Report it to us.
Family Law Watchlist
Our Family Law Watchlist alerts police when certain children leave Australia.
Your child may appear on the Watchlist if:
- a court-issued parenting order limits or prevents overseas travel
- a court-issued injunction limits or prevents overseas travel
- a parenting order application is currently before the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia or the Family Court of Western Australia (the Court) to limit or prevent overseas travel
- a parenting order or injunction is currently under appeal.