(1) A party to an application for final orders may apply for an order that a family report be prepared.
(2) The Court may take the following matters into consideration when deciding whether to order a family report:
(a) whether the proceeding involves:
(i) an intractable or complex parenting proceeding; or
(ii) if a child is mature enough for the child's views to be significant in determining the proceeding--a dispute about the child's views; or
(iii) a dispute about the existence or quality of the relationship between a parent, or other significant person, and a child; or
(iv) allegations that a child is at risk of abuse; or
(v) family violence;
(b) whether there is any other relevant independent expert evidence available.
(3) An application for a family report (whether made orally or in writing), and any order made, must identify the issues to be addressed by the report.
(4) When ordering a family report, the Court may order a party or a child to attend for the purposes of preparing the report.
(5) If a family report is prepared in accordance with an order made under this rule, the Court may do any of the following:
(a) by order or otherwise, give a copy of the report to any of the following:
(i) a party, a lawyer for a party, or an independent children's lawyer, in the proceeding;
(ii) a children's court (however described) of a State or Territory;
(iii) a prescribed child welfare authority (within the meaning of the Family Law Act);
(iv) an authority established by or under a law of a State or Territory for purposes including the provision of legal assistance;
(v) the convenor of any legal dispute resolution conference;
(b) receive the report in evidence;
(c) permit oral examination of the person making the report;
(d) order that the report not be released to a person or that access to the report be restricted.
(6) If the Court, other than by order, gives a copy of a family report under subrule (5), the copy must be accompanied by a notice that states the following information:
(a) the people to whom a copy of the report may be provided;
(b) the status of the report at the time of its preparation ;
(c) information about the potential consequences for unauthorised publication of information contained in the report.