The law that governs parental responsibility in Australia is the Family Law Act 1975.Under this law, every parent has the full Parental Responsibility for the rearing and care their child under 18 years of age. Even if there are changes in the relationship of the parents, in cases of separation and subsequent re-marriage, they still have Full Parental Responsibility over their child.
The full responsibility of each parent to their child covers all matters concerning the proper rearing and support to their child. It includes the long-term effect of the proper care to their child as well as to their day to day subsistence and concerns. This will cover matters such as who will live with the child and whom the child shall have contact with.
In case the parents failed to have an amicable arrangement regarding their Parental Responsibility. The Family Court may intervene and assist the parents to stipulate and settle their parental responsibility. After the settlement, the Court will promulgate a Parenting Order that will stipulate what they have agreed upon before its jurisdiction.
Depending on its necessity, to wit:
In any case, the Court will always look upon the general welfare and best interest of the Child in the settlement and arrangement of the Parental Responsibility of the parents before a Parenting Order can be issued.