Australian Federal Police – The Family Law Watchlist (1) If you have an urgent family law matter after hours, you can contact the Courts' after hours service on 1300 352 000 (excluding WA) or 1800 199 008 (WA only). 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.
DFAT – Child Alert Requests (up to 18 years of age) (1) You may also wish to consider a Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) Child Alert Request. For information about child alerts, contact the Australian Passport Information Service on 13 12 32 or visit the Child alert requests page on the DFAT website.
International Child Abduction (Child over 16yrs)
(0) Unfortunately, the Convention ceases to apply when the child turns 16. The return of the child between the ages of 16 and 18 must be sought under the general provisions of Part VII of the Family Law Act.
Passports Office (0) If you think a passport may be issued for a child in another country, contact the embassy of that country. A Child Alert Request does not place the child on the Family Law Watchlist. Passports Office Phone: 131 232 Email: email@example.com
If your child has been abducted from Australia—what should you do? (0) If your child has been taken to a country that is not a member of the Hague Convention, you may be able to get assistance from the Consular Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The service operates 24 hours a day and can be contacted on 1300 555 13