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This seminar is being delivered via webinar.

International Social Service Australia is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department to provide advice and assistance under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“the Convention”) to parents left behind in Australia after their child has been removed (abducted) or retained away from Australia to another country by the other parent without their consent.  This situation is referred to as International Parental Child Abduction (“IPCA”).

Every year, around 100-150 applications are lodged with the Australian Central Authority (administered by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department) in response to a parent experiencing IPCA. However, it is estimated by various sources that this may only represent 50% of the abduction or retention cases that occur in Australia every year.

This is partly to do with the fact that children are removed or retained to countries that are not signatories to the Convention. However, it is also partly to do with the fact that knowledge of the Convention within the Australian legal profession remains alarmingly low given the multicultural demographic within which we practice. In a recent 2021 decision made in Hague Convention proceedings before a New Zealand Family Court, it was noted by their Honour that:

[The father] had previously sought legal advice in Australia which on the face of it was inadequate. His evidence is that the advice was that his only remedy was to seek the relocation of [the child] from New Zealand to Australia, and that his prospects of success were not good. He does not appear to have received any initial advice about the Hague Convention…In this case the situation is even worse in that the initial advice received by [the father] did not include advice about the existence of the Hague Convention at all.

This session is intended to raise awareness of IPCA and introduce the WA legal profession to International Social Service Australia

Author Profiles

Feray Ergun

Senior Social Worker and Accredited FDRP, International Social Service Australia

Author Profiles

Feray Ergun

Jessica Raffal

Lawyer, International Social Service Australia

Author Profiles

Jessica Raffal

Course Details

Date & Time:
Thursday, 18 August 2022
1.00pm – 2.00pm AWST


Venue 1:
At Your Desk
Delivered Live Online


CPD Points:

1.0 Point Competency 2: Professional Skills



CPD Freedom: $0

Member: $125

Non-Member: $200

Date & Time:

Thu, 18 August 2022 1.00pm - 2.00pm


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1 Points Professional Responsibility

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