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 network will aim to have a minimum twelve representatives on the steering committee.

Steering Committee members will manage the network’s operation by:

  • Developing a strategic Work Plan in June or July of each year to progress the objectives of the network (subject to renewal of funding).
  • Providing advice from time to time on matters referred from the project officer and auspice organisation
  • Providing ongoing advice on the resource and training needs, issues, and network linkages of family law system service providers operating in the network’s local geographical area (as set out in Scope of Network).
  • Advising on effective Family Law Sector consultative processes and assisting in community consultations.
  • Participating in the development and planning of network events, resources, meetings and the general operation of the network in order to meet its objectives.
  • Advising the project officer and auspice organisation on the development of strategies for promotion of the network to members of the Family Law / Post Separation sector.
  • Developing strategies to build stronger links with services reaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.
  • Developing strategies to build stronger links with services reaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities.
  • 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).
  • 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 LMNC FLPN Terms of Reference.

Observer Status
Regular observer status shall be granted to senior representatives of organisations deemed relevant by the Steering Committee (e.g. 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 in 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
  • Registration on the email notifications list
  • Reception of Network eBulletins
  • Reception of invitations to conferences or training events
  • Participation in resource & information sharing
  • Participation in formal and informal networking activities