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Family Law Council

  (1)   The Attorney - General may establish a Family Law Council consisting of persons appointed by the Attorney - General in accordance with subsection   (2).

  (2)   The Council shall consist of a Judge of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia and such other judges, persons appointed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 , officers of the Public Service of a State, family counsellors, family dispute resolution practitioners and other persons as the Attorney - General thinks fit.

  (3)   It is the function of the Council to advise and make recommendations to the Attorney - General, either of its own motion or upon request made to it by the Attorney - General, concerning:

  (a)   the working of this Act and other legislation relating to family law;

  (b)   the working of legal aid in relation to family law; and

  (c)   any other matters relating to family law.

  (4)   The Attorney - General shall appoint one of its members to be Chairperson of the Council.

  (5)   A member of the Council shall be paid such remuneration as is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal, but, if no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member shall be paid such remuneration as is prescribed.

  (5A)   A member of the Council shall be paid such allowances as are prescribed.

  (5B)   Subsections   (5) and (5A) have effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 .

  (5C)   Subject to this section, a member of the Council holds office for such period, not exceeding 3 years, as is specified in the instrument of appointment, but is eligible for re - appointment.

  (6)   A member (including the Chairperson) may resign by writing signed and delivered to the Attorney - General.

  (6A)   The Attorney - General may terminate the appointment of a member by reason of the misbehaviour, or physical or mental incapacity, of the member.

  (6B)   If a member becomes bankrupt, applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, compounds with his or her creditors or makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for their benefit, the Attorney - General shall terminate the appointment of that member.

  (7)   Meetings of the Council shall be convened by the Chairperson or the Attorney - General.

  (8)   The Council shall cause records to be kept of its meetings.

  (9)   The Council shall, as soon as practicable after 30   June in each year, prepare and furnish to the Attorney - General a report of the operations of the Council during the year that ended on that 30   June.

  (10)   The Attorney - General shall cause a copy of a report furnished under subsection   (9) to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the receipt of the report by the Attorney - General.

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