Australian Institute of Family Studies

Do you know someone with children who has finalised their separation in the past 2 years?

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is undertaking a new study into young people’s experiences of separation and how their needs are being met by family law system services.

AIFS would like to talk to young people aged 10-17 years and a parent about their experiences using family law services. Young people don’t need to have any direct contact with services. As a thank you for their participation, young people will be offered a $30 gift voucher and their parent a $20 gift voucher.

If you work with any families that might be interested in participating in this study, can direct interested families to call or SMS their details to 0448 383 007 or email Further information can be found at

Foreign resident capital gains withholding – new simplified process for purchaser payments

Notice to Property Practitioners

Foreign resident capital gains withholding – new simplified process for purchaser payments

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is simplifying the way in which foreign resident capital gains withholding (FRCGW) payments are made.

From 11 December 2017, only one FRCGW payment is required per settlement, even if two or more purchasers are included in the transaction.

When purchasers lodge their Purchaser payment notification with the ATO, they will receive a single payment reference number (PRN). This will be sent to the person listed as the primary contact on the purchaser payment notification form. They will also be sent one payment slip with a barcode that can be used to pay the withholding tax.

Only a single payment is required to pay the total withholding amount. However, where two or more purchasers are included in the transaction, they may choose to make separate payments. In this instance, the same payment slip should be used for each payment.

Payment can be made electronically to the ATO by quoting the PRN or in person at any Australia Post outlet using the payment slip. Cheque payments can also be mailed to the ATO along with the payment slip.

Once the payment is received the primary contact purchaser will receive a payment confirmation email or letter.


More information

For more information visit the ATO website at

Memo From The President – Strategic Plan 2018-2020

It gives me great pleasure to deliver the Society’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020 a summary table of which can now be found on its website here. As part of that plan, I take this opportunity to outline some of our priorities for this year.  These are as follows but in no particular order:


  1. The development of a training package/course for legal support staff, either for those wishing to enter the workforce or those currently working.  In addition, we would be looking at further CPD events for support staff where relevant.  As an adjunct to that I am hoping that we can establish a register of trained legal support staff that can work as temps.
  2. Retention and attraction of lawyers, especially in the regional areas of the State.  A Council subcommittee has been established to review and will report on this separately.
  3. Making the profession more aware of what we are doing and communicating to the profession more effectively.  For example, by introducing our ‘Society’s Recent Activities’ webpage and considering an increased social media presence.  Leaders forum – I would also like to have a working lunch with principals representing firms to hear what they believe needs to be addressed to improve our experience of practice.
  4. Combating the encroachment of non-practitioners and non-licensed individuals doing legal work.
  5. The President gets to nominate a charity every year.  I will be supporting the Tristan Jepson Foundation and seeking to continue having firms embrace its principles.
  6. Continuing to advocate for and defend the rule of law and arguing against the cutback of government services and facilities.


This year we are resolved to continue to improve our engagement with the profession.  Engagement is a two-way initiative and I will welcome your contact regarding any concerns or issues you would like to discuss.

I wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Will Justo