The watchlist and how to get on it
The Family Law Watchlist (sometimes referred to as the Airport Watchlist) is a system designed to alert police to the movement of children overseas. It identifies whether children are leaving Australia.
The Watchlist does not operate for domestic travel.
A child’s name may be placed on the Watchlist when;
- There is a court order preventing the child’s overseas travel,
- The child is the subject of a parenting order application currently before the court that may limit overseas travel, or
- The child is the subject of an application for an order to place the child on the Family law Watchlist.
It is critical that the spelling of the child’s name and the gender and the date of birth on the court order are identical to the particulars on the child’s passport.
If you have concerns about a child being taken overseas without consent, call us on 3221 4300 for a fixed-cost initial consultation.