All Divorce Applications are now filed in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (FMCA).
This court has many registries around Australia as well as being fully accessible online. See http://www.fmc.gov.au/
Before filing the application for divorce the parties (applicant and respondent) must have been separated for atleast 12 months.
Either one or both may apply for the divorce and the filing fee is now $577.00. Discounts do apply if you can prove financial hardship such as being on the pension or unemployed etc.
You may file your application in person at a FMCA registry or online (usually if you do not have a registry close by).
The completed application and 2 photocopies must be given or mailed to the court and then stamped with the court seal. The court will keep the original and return the other 2 sealed copies to the applicant. The filing date and court date is stamped on the document and the court hearing is usually around 6-8 weeks after the filing date.
Most applicants will then have the divorce application served on the respondent wife or husband by a licensed process server. See http://www.citiserv.com.au for discounted fees and instructions.
When going to court, neither party needs to go to the court hearing if there are no children under the age of 18 years from the marriage or if the application was a joint application. Once the court has found that the separation requirements have been satisfied and a divorce should be granted then a divorce order will be effected and the divorce will be finalised 1 month after this.
At this time both parties are free to remarry.