Cameron Gifford leads the Families and Legal System Division within the Commonwealth
Attorney-General’s Department (AGD). In this role, Cameron has responsibility for family law policy and programs; federal courts and tribunals; and policy and programs to counter family violence and elder abuse. The work of the Families and Legal System Division is focused on improving the legal system’s ability to assist families resolve their disputes as quickly and effectively as possible. Cameron is presently the Disability Co-Champion for AGD, working to promote inclusive work practices within the department. Prior to his present role, Cameron has worked in a variety of roles within the department and the Attorney-General’s portfolio since 2003.
The family law system of the future
The Attorney-General’s Department (the department) is responsible for the family law system. This includes administering the Family Law Act 1975, the family law courts, and funding a broad range of services and innovative initiatives aimed at keeping families and children safe and assisting them to deal with separation and resolve disputes.
Considering further reforms to this system so it better supports the families of today and into the future is a key focus for the department. Hearing the views of the community will be central to the success of any reforms.
Now the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of the family law system has been released, the department is consulting with a diverse range of key stakeholders from across federal and state government, advocacy groups, the legal sector, courts and service delivery bodies about their early priorities for reform of the family law system.