Applications for divorce can be completed any time via the Commonwealth Courts Portal. If you require assistance navigating the Portal you can visit this page. You can also file the application in person at the court, via post, facsimile or email.
The application for divorce will not be officially filed until all components of the form have been filled in, the marriage certificate has been attached and the fee has been paid.
If your marriage certificate is not in English a translation must be provided. If you do not have your marriage certificate then you will need to obtain one at the Births, Deaths and Marriages registry. If the marriage was conducted overseas and a certificate cannot be obtained after attempts, then you can file an affidavit addressing this.
Once the application for divorce has been filed, then you must serve the application on your spouse.
Once you have served the application you can think about whether you are going to attend the hearing. You do not have to attend unless there is a child under 18 years of age involved. If you need to attend but cannot, then you can arrange to appear via telephone or videolink.
As it is a no-fault system in Australia, your application for divorce will probably be granted. Once granted, it will be finalised one month and one day after the hearing and then made available to you on the Portal.