Course Title: Introduction to Family Law in Australia

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Family Law in Australia

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law




Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Alana Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 99255897

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: online

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of family law for the legal practitioner. The aim is to introduce law students to aspects of family law legislation and cases. The course will assist students to develop an interest in the family law jurisdiction for possible practice as a lawyer and identify and develop discuss law reform options.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of aspects of Family Law in Australia;
2. critically evaluate the Family Law system in Australia and identify areas of reform;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to Family Law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to Family Law and generate appropriate responses.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities generally comprise the following:

• Leading and participating in class discussion on legal problems and policy issues and engaging in roleplays;
• Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is by assignments and an open book examination in the examination period.