The Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act (2011) was passed in December 2011 and came into effect in the beginning of June 2012.
Article 8 of the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act (2011) provides an expanded definition of domestic violence to more than just physical harm, such as denying a family member financial autonomy or the money required to meet reasonable living expenses, or harming a family member's pet. Other changes to the law also include emotional abuse and preventing a person from maintaining contact with family, friends or their culture.
Source of Information
Website of the Australian Government