The Structure of the Network

Steering Committee Roles and Responsibilities

The steering committee will be made up of a broad range of representatives from organisations operating in the family law system as agreed by the existing committee. The Steering Committee must be made up of at least six members, five of whom are independent of the auspice organisation. The Steering committee members will be required to attend a minimum of seven monthlymeetings per year. The network will aim to have twelve representatives on the steering committee. 

Steering Committee members will assist the networks operation by:

  1. Developing a strategic Work Plan in June or July of each year to progress the objectives of the network (subject to renewal of funding)
  2. Providing advice from time to time on matters referred from the project officer and auspice organisation
  3. Providing ongoing advice on the resource and training needs, opinions and aspirations of family law system service providers operating in the networks local geographical area (as set out in Scope of network)
  4. Advising on effective Family Law Sector consultative processes and assisting in community consultations
  5. Participating in the development and planning of network events, resources, meetings and the general operation of the network in order to meet its objectives.
  6. Advising the project officer and auspice organisation on development of strategies for promotion of the network to members of the Family Law / Post Separation sector.
  7. Developing strategies to build stronger links with services reaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
  8. Developing strategies to build stronger links with services reaching Culturally and Linguistically diverse (CALD) Communities.
  9. Advising the project officer and auspice organisation on community education and networking strategies  to promote healthy relationships, encourage participation and collaborative practice between family law system service providers in the networks local geographical area (as set out in Scope of network)
  10. Promoting the FLPN and alerting the project officer and auspice organisation to any developing issues of relevance.

The Role of Proxies

When unable to attend, the individual member may appoint a proxy from their organisation to attend the Steering Committee meeting on their behalf. The proxy shall comply with the GNFLPN Terms of Reference. 

Observer Status

Regular observer status shall be granted to senior representatives of organisations deemed relevant by the Steering Committee. For example State and Federal Government Agencies. 

Irregular observer status shall be formally requested through the Chair prior to the regular Steering Committee meeting. Invitations to observers shall be included in all correspondence with the wider network members. 

Resignations by committee members

Any member who resigns from the steering committee or who is being replaced by another person will notify the Chair in writing. The correspondence will advise:

Date of resignation;

The name and contact details of the person representing the organisation

Wider Network Membership and Participation

There is also wider network participation from stakeholders from the above mentioned services who are not on the steering committee but who are involved with the FLPN in other ways. Some examples of wider network participation include:

Attending network meetings

Circulation of meeting minutes

Registered on E-mail List 

Receive Network E-Bulletins

Receive Invitations to Conferences or Training events

Participate in resource & Information sharing 

Participate in informal and formal networking activities


Sub-committee’s will be formed from time to time and can be made up of steering committee members or wider network members. The purpose of the sub-committee’s will be to focus on a particular event, project, resource or initiative in a collaborative manner.