Airport watch list order kit

Airport watch list order kit

About the kit

An airport watch list order is a court order telling the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to put a child’s name on the Airport Watch List. The Watch List is in place at all international airports and seaports. If a parent tries to take the child out of Australia, Customs will tell the AFP and the child will be stopped until the court order is lifted.

The Airport watch list order kit is to be used by self-represented parents where there is a real and immediate risk of a child being taken from Australia without the consent of both parents.

What's in the kit

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Airport watch list order kit brochure

This guide explains how to get an airport watch list order.

Download the Airport watch list order kit brochure (docx, 138.16 KB).

Initiating Application form

Complete this form to start your court case.

Download the Initiating Application form.

Resident parent order

Use a resident parent order if the child lives primarily with you. Complete the missing information and attach to your initiating application.

Download the Resident parent order (doc, 63.5 KB) section of the initiating application.

Non-resident parent order

Use a non-resident parent order if the child does not primarily live with you. Complete the missing information and attach to your initiating application.

Download the Non-resident parent order (doc, 63.5 KB) section of the initiating application.

Notice of risk form

The notice of risk form is a mandatory court form to be completed with your initiating application form.

Download the Notice of risk form.

Blank affidavit form

Use the blank affidavit form to set out your evidence in support of an airport watch list order.

People who can witness your completed affidavit include:

  • a Justice of the Peace
  • a lawyer in current practice
  • a member of Parliament
  • a Senior officer of a Local Government Council.

A full list of people who can witness your affidavit can be found on the Justice and Regulation website.

Download the Blank affidavit form.

Example affidavit

The example affidavit can be used as a guide to setting out your evidence in the blank affidavit form.

Download the Airport watch list order kit example affidavit (doc, 90 KB).

FCC brochure: Preparing an affidavit

The Preparing an affidavit brochure provides information to help you complete your affidavit of evidence in support of your airport watch list order.

Download the FCC brochure: Preparing an affidavit.

Application for exemption from fees – general

If you have a health care card or receive Centrelink benefits, use this application form to apply to be exempt from the court fees that are otherwise payable on filing your initiating application.

Download the Application for exemption from fees – general.

Application for exemption from fees – financial hardship form

If you don’t have a health care card or receive Centrelink benefits, but are experiencing financial hardship, you can claim to be exempt from the court fees that are otherwise payable on filing your initiating application.

Download the Application for exemption from fees – financial hardship form.

FCC brochure: Children and international travel after family separation

This brochure contains information from the family law courts for parents who want to prevent a child from leaving Australia.

Download the FCC brochure: Children and international travel after family separation.

FCC Service kit

Guide on how to go about serving the other side with your court papers, once filed in court.

Download the FCC Service kit.

FCC brochure: Marriage, families and separation

This is a mandatory court brochure relevant to your initiating application which you must include when serving the other party.

Download the FCC brochure: Marriage, families and separation.

AFP Family law watch list request form

When you have a court order placing your child on the airport watch list, use this form to notify the Australian Federal Police.

Download the AFP Family law watch list request form.

Contact

For more information about using this kit, call Legal Help 1300 792 387, weekdays from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm.

More information

Travel and relocation with children

  • International family law and children
    The Australian Attorney-General's Department website includes:
    • list of Hague Convention countries
    • information on parental child abduction
    • how to prevent child abduction.

Passports

  • Children’s passports
    Information on parental consent for children’s passports on the Australian Passport Office website
  • Child Alert Request form
    A Child Alert Request is a warning to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that there may be circumstances that need to be considered before issuing an Australian passport or other travel document to a child. You can make a Child Alert Request if you are the parent of, or person with a parental responsibility for, the child named on this form. To request a child alert, you must complete a form from the Australian Passport Office website

Airport Watch List

After-hours emergency

If you are concerned that your child may leave Australia without your permission and in contravention of a court order, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.

If you have an urgent family law matter after hours, you can contact the courts' after hours service on 1300 352 000. This should only be used in emergencies, such as when an urgent order is required when there is a risk of a child being removed from Australia before the next working day.

If you have immediate concerns for the safety or welfare of a child, contact the police in your State or Territory on Triple Zero (000).

The after-hours number for the Victorian courts is (03) 8600 3346 (general and admiralty).