Family Court of Western Australia

Fees

There are fees for filing certain applications, and for some hearings. Filing fees must be paid before the application is filed and are non-refundable. The fees are set by government regulations and increase on 1 July each year. GST does not apply to Family Court fees.

New Fees from 1 July 2022

Application Fees

Form Fees from 1 July 2022
Application for Consent Orders (Form 11) $180
Application for Divorce (Form 3)

$990

Application for Divorce (Form 3) - Reduced Fee

$330

Initiating Application (Form 1) - Final Orders Only - Parenting OR Financial orders $385
Initiating Application (Form 1) - Final AND Interim Orders - Parenting OR Financial orders $515
Initiating Application (Form 1) - Final Orders Only - Parenting AND Financial orders $625
Initiating Application (Form 1) - Final AND Interim Orders - Parenting AND Financial orders $755
Response to Initiating Application (Form 1A) $385

Response to Initiating Application (Form 1A) AND if introducing Interim Orders Sought - when not sought by the Applicant

$515
Interim Order Application (Form 2) - Parenting and/OR Financial orders $130
Application for Nullity (Form 1) $1,405
Application for Nullity (Form 1) - Reduced Fee $465
Application for Declaration as to validity of marriage, divorce or annulment (Form 1) $1,405
Issue Subpoena (Form 14) $60

Hearing fees and setting down fees

Hearing fees can be paid online, see Payment Options for details.

There are fees for each day of a defended hearing for final orders. There are no hearing fees for procedural hearings, or hearings to prepare a case for trial.

When your case is prepared for trial and given a trial date, there is a setting down fee. This fee is for the court to allocate a trial date and begin preparing to decide your application, and includes the hearing fee for the first day of the trial. A setting down fee is not refundable, and must be paid no later than 28 days before the hearing.

Hearing Fee Type Fees from 1 July 2022

Setting down for hearing fee (non-refundable)

Listed before a judge

$945

Listed before a magistrate

$695

Daily hearing fee - for each hearing day excluding the first hearing day.

Listed before a judge

$945

Listed before a magistrate

$695

Conciliation Conference

$435

Appeal fees

Description Fees From 1 July 2022

Setting down fee for an appeal from a Magistrates Court

$945

Hearing fee for an appeal from a Magistrates Court (for each day excluding the first day)

$945

Form 20 - Notice of appeal to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Div 1) from orders made by a Judge or a Family Law Magistrate (unless the below fee has been paid)

$1,500

Form 20 - Application for leave to appeal to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Div 1)

$1,500

Form 20 - Application for leave to appeal under section 211 of the Family Court Act 1997 from an interlocutory order of a Family Law Magistrate

$1,500

Fee Payment Methods

Online at the eCourts Portal of Western Australia when efiling your application, using VISA or Mastercard credit/debit card.

By post or when using the Registry drop box, using VISA or Mastercard credit/debit card details on a credit card payment authority form.

Hearing fees and setting down fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard credit/debit card through the eCourts Portal Invoice Payment page. 

To pay hearing fees online, you will need the hearing fee invoice and invoice number.

Fee exemption, reduction and deferral

If you hold certain Government concession cards, are receiving certain types of government support, or you can demonstrate financial hardship, you may be eligible for a fee reduction or exemption. The payment of a filing fee can also be deferred in certain limited circumstances. See the fee reductions and exemptions page for details.

Amending an application

If your original Initiating Application (Form 1) only sought parenting orders, or only sought financial orders, and you subsequently amend the Initiating Application to include both parenting and financial orders, there will be an additional filing fee of $240 for the amended application.

Need more information?

Contact the Family Court registry on (08) 9224 8222 or 1800 199 228.


Last updated: 26-Jul-2022

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