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International Child Abduction Respondents Scheme

Grant Closes: Ongoing Run By: Attorney-General's Department Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=cc471bf2-03b6-43ea-8ab6-0b36cc287cd9

The International Child Abduction Respondents Scheme (ICARS) may provide funding to an individual who is responding to a 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction application seeking the return of a child under the Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations 1986 (the Regulations) in an Australian court.

You may be eligible for ICARS if you are:

  • defending or proposing to defend an application filed in an Australian court under the Regulations seeking a return order for a child (or children)
  • appealing or proposing to appeal a return order made by an Australian court under the Regulations
  • responding to or proposing to respond to an appeal against a non-return decision made by an Australian court under the Regulations.

ICARS applications can be made for proceedings filed under the Regulations on or after 1 January 2024.

Last Updated: 17th of June 2024
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