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The Bub Hub Australia – www.bubhub.com.au
The Bub Hub – A Birth Story

The idea for The Bub Hub was born in June 2001 – inspired by the birth of Brad and Hilary Lauder’s first child.

Hilary had only recently moved to Australia from the UK and had found it difficult to access information about local parenting services, activities, products and stores.

To bridge this gap she set about designing a website herself.

Hilary began working on the content of the site and when it became apparent that more resources would be needed, her husband Brad was recruited from his marketing job and The Bub Hub was born.

The Brisbane site was officially launched on March 27, 2002, as the Lauder’s celebrated their son’s first birthday.

It wasn’t long before the site expanded beyond Brisbane. The “national” site (for Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia) launched on Australia Day 2003 and by December the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania were included – making the site truly Australia-wide.

Today the Lauder family has grown to include two more children while the business has expanded to employ a small band of additional staff members and 20+ volunteer forum moderators! Bub Hub is still run from our home (the garage was converted for the purpose and the cars had a wait for their carport to be built!). Still holding our own amongst the big media corporate giants, we remain the largest, independent pregnancy and parenting website in Australia.

Having been trusted by Aussies since 2002, we’ve answered the questions of millions, calmed their worries and helped them discover the path that’s right for their family through pregnancy, parenting and beyond.

Australian Medical Association –www.ama.com.au
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is the peak membership organization representing the registered medical practitioners (doctors) and medical students of Australia.

The AMA promotes and protects the professional interests of doctors and the health care needs of patients and communities.

Contact Information AMA:

Phone: 02 6270 5400
02 6270 5499


Postal Address: PO Box 6090, KINGSTON ACT 2604
Street Address: 42 Macquarie Street, BARTON ACT 2600

Family Courts – www.familycourt.gov.au
Welcome to the Family Court of Australia

The Family Court of Australia, through its specialist judges and staff, assists Australians to resolve their most complex legal family disputes. The Family Court is a superior court of record established by Parliament in 1975 under Chapter 3 of the Constitution. It commenced operations on 5 January 1976 and consists of a Chief Justice, a Deputy Chief Justice and other judges. The Court maintains registries in all Australian states and territories except Western Australia. The Court’s goal is to deliver excellence in service for children, families and parties through effective judicial and non-judicial processes and high-quality and timely judgments while respecting the needs of separating families.

National Enquiry Centre
The National Enquiry Centre (NEC) is the entry point for all telephone and email enquiries on Family Law Court matters (Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia). The NEC can provide information and procedural advice, forms and brochures and referral advice to community and support services. NEC staff cannot provide legal advice.

Opening Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Contact details:
Phone: 1300 352 000 (except WA)*for individuals living in WA contact the Family Court of Western Australia
TTY/voice calls: Contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or for Speak & Listen calls contact 1300 555 727
International: +61 2 8892 8578
Fax: Please contact a family law court registry
Email: enquiries@familylawcourts.gov.au
NOTE: The email service cannot be used to file any court documents.
Instructions for emailing the Court

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Family Law Courts
National Enquiry Centre
GPO Box 9991
Parramatta NSW 2150

National Children’s & Youth Center – www.law.unsw.edu.au
UNSW Law sets the standard for Australian legal education, research and public engagement.
Our teaching is student-centred, research-based and outward-looking, never losing sight of law’s impact on how we live now.
Our graduates have flexible skills, critical perspectives and broad horizons.
Our research is interdisciplinary, collaborative and leads to real change in public policy and the law.
At UNSW, law meets justice.
We offer legal education for all career stages – undergraduate law dual degree programs, Juris Doctor for graduates, postgraduate coursework, postgraduate research and continuing legal education short courses.

Contact Info:


Matthew Keeley


+61 2 9385 9588
E-mail address:

Child Support & Separated Parents – www.humanservices.gov.auk
The Department of Human Services is responsible for the development of service delivery policy and provides access to social, health and other payments and services. It was created on 26 October 2004 as part of the Finance and Administration portfolio. The Human Services Legislation Amendment Act 2011 integrated Medicare Australia, Centrelink and CRS Australia on 1 July 2011 into the Department of Human Services.

The 2012-2015 Bilateral Head Agreement [PDF, 225kb] between the Secretary of the Department of Human Services and the Secretary of the Department of Health was signed on 1 November 2012 to agree on how the departments work together.

Payments and services

The department offers a range of health, social and welfare payments and services through:

Medicare looks after the health of Australians through programs such as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Centrelink delivers payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and provides services at times of major change.

Child Support gives separated parents the financial and emotional support needed for their children’s wellbeing. Find out how we engage Child Support stakeholders.

Australian Hearing helps people manage their hearing impairment so they have a better quality of life. Australian Hearing provides a full range of hearing services for children and young people up to the age of 26, eligible adults and aged pensioners, and most war veterans.

Visit Us:

Find us at one of our service centres for information about payments and services for Medicare, Centrelink or Child Support.

Check to see if you can do your transaction through self service before you visit a service centre. We now offer a number of new services online or through our mobile phone apps.

When you are making a new claim there are a few quick tips:

• claims and some enquiries take time to process in a service centre so come in early to make sure we have time to help you
• check what documentation you need to bring with you – without the right information, it will slow things down when you talk to us
• our offices experience peak times – check our opening and closing hours and plan your visit, this may help you to avoid a queue

Defence Community Organization for Children – www.defence.gov.au
DCO has a range of programs to support the availability of childcare to Defence families, who might face difficulties in sourcing services in new posting locations. Children of newly-posted families may receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia.

We also provide funding for community childcare organisations and Defence partners seeking to start a family day care business.

Contact Us:

The Defence Family Helpline

1800 624 608
Families can contact the Helpline 24-7 for support, information and connection with their local community.

Visit the DCO Facebook page
‘Like’ the DCO Facebook page www.facebook.com/defencecommunityorganisation to receive information about support services for Defence families, links with community organisations, and event information for regional and national DCO-run events

Australians Men’s Rights DNA Information – www.mensrights.com.au
DNA Paternity Testing in Australia…

Fast, accurate, discreet DNA paternity testing is readily available across Australia.

Look for a DNA paternity testing laboratory which is accredited by NATA.

There are two types of paternity tests

Peace of Mind Test (self sampling)
The cost of the DNA paternity test is typically $475 for testing one man ( putative father) and one child. The fee for testing an additional child at the same time is $150.

Known as a “Peace of Mind Test”, sample mouth swabs are collected by the man from himself and the child, labeled, packaged and sent to Men’s Rights Agency, together with the correct payment. The results will be known in a few days.

“Peace of mind tests” do not satisfy legal requirements due to the method of self sampling i.e. without independent verification of the identity of the persons tested, but the test is accurate and satisfies your “need to know”.

DNA Paternity Test that Meets Family Law Legal Requirements
The DNA paternity test fee is typically $600 for testing for one man and one child. Samples are collected at a pathology laboratory to ensure verification of the samples and the identity of the people involved. Each additional child tested is $150.

Family law legislation requires that the DNA mouth swab samples are taken by an authorized pathology collection service and processed by a DNA laboratory which has NATA approval. In Australia, the mother’s approval is required for this test. This is not the case in the U.S.A., Canada , or many other countries. Why a man has to get DNA testing done at all is the real question. Women who give birth now they are the biological mother of the child. Read our webpage on why Australia should have mandatory paternity testing as bothe a child’s right and a men’s rights issue.

Some additional postage charges will be involved for overseas clients.

Approximately 25% of men tested find that they are not the father of the child.

A man has a right to know if he is the biological father of a child. The child has the right to know, and to be loved and cared for by, the child’s biological father.

Relationships Australia: Family Parenting Support – www.relationships.org.au
Family Parenting Courses

Family skills courses are run for parents of young children and teenagers, and are designed to enhance family life and help parents feel more confident and secure about their parenting.

Becoming an effective parent does not come automatically. You can learn some parenting skills and, with plenty of practice and experience, your confidence increases. Parenting young children and teenagers is one of the most demanding jobs a person can do.

There is no simple guidebook on how to be a good parent, so parents are often left struggling, wondering if they are doing the right thing or whether they are being too easy on their children.

Family skills and parenting courses provide opportunities for parents to:

• share ways of dealing with children which are effective
• build confidence
• develop and consolidate skills in listening to children, disciplining them and how to stop them fighting
• discover that parenting can be enjoyable.

Parents who want to share withand learn from others the ups and downs of parenting young children and teenagers will find these groups of great benefit. Participants will have the opportunity to develop friendships and establish a support group, which can be ongoing when the family skills education group ends.

Some courses such as ‘Survival Skills for Healthy Families’ and ‘Growing Together – Parents and Kids’ encourage all the family to attend.

Parents who have attended our courses say the encouragement and support they received from the facilitator and other parents was very helpful.

Call 1300 364 277 for the cost of a local call, to be connected to your nearest Relationships Australia in your area.

Attachment Parenting Australia – www.attachmentparentingaustralia.com
Attachment parenting support groups in Australia

Attachment parenting support groups provide an opportunity to meet with other parents to discuss issues relating to attachment parenting. These groups often help to create friendships with other parents and children.

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