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Structure and Role
The LFAA embraces a number of separate but linked organisations. The Lone Fathers Association (ACT) Inc. was established in 1973, and there are approximately twenty LFAA Branches around the country. The Lone Fathers Association (Australia) Inc. The LFAA was established at the national level in 1975, and has been recognised by the Australian Government as the peak body for separated fathers and their children since 2000. The
LFAA was influential in the setting up the House of Representatives ISP inquiry into Joint Custody and in helping to convince the Australian Parliament that major changes were required in Australian family law away from an adversarial system and towards greater shared parenting. The concept of Family Relationships Centres now adopted into legislation is founded on the LFAA’s advocacy over many years of “Family Assistance Bureaus” with closely similar objectives and functions.
The LFAA liaises closely with government organisations such as the Child Support Agency, the Family Court, the Institute of Family Studies, the Human Rights Commission, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Family and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAaCSIA), local government, welfare agencies, and MP’s and Senators.