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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 38A

Management of administrative affairs of Court

             (1)  The Chief Justice is responsible for managing the administrative affairs of the Court.

          (1A)  The administrative affairs of the Court do not include the corporate services of the Court.

          (1B)  The following matters relating to the Court are the corporate services of the Court:

                     (a)  communications;

                     (b)  finance;

                     (c)  human resources;

                     (d)  information technology;

                     (e)  libraries;

                      (f)  procurement and contract management;

                     (g)  property;

                     (h)  risk oversight and management;

                      (i)  statistics;

                      (j)  any other matter prescribed by a determination under subsection (5).

             (2)  For the purpose referred to in subsection (1), the Chief Justice has power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done, including, on behalf of the Commonwealth:

                     (a)  entering into contracts; and

                     (b)  acquiring or disposing of personal property.

             (3)  The powers given to the Chief Justice by subsection (2) are in addition to any powers given to the Chief Justice by any other provision of this Act or by any other Act.

             (4)  Subsection (2) does not authorise the Chief Justice to enter into a contract under which the Commonwealth is to pay or receive an amount exceeding $1,000,000 or, if a higher amount is prescribed, that higher amount, except with the approval of the Attorney-General.

             (5)  The Attorney-General may, by legislative instrument, determine matters that are the corporate services of the Court (see paragraph (1B)(j)).

Note 1:       See Part IIB of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 for provisions relating to the corporate services of the Court.

Note 2:       For the purposes of the finance law (within the meaning of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 ), the Chief Executive Officer, the officers of the Court and the staff of the Registries are officials of the listed entity referred to in section 18ZB of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 .

Note 3:       For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999 , the APS employees referred to in section 38N are part of the Statutory Agency declared under section 18ZE of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 .



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