Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

17 Dec, 2018

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This practice-based qualification is designed for professionals in the law and/or social science sectors who are seeking to work within the community-based family law arena.

In this course, you will gain the required skills to work as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) in Australia. Participants who successfully complete the learning and assessment activities will acquire knowledge of the legal principles underpinning mediation and develop the skills to support non-adversarial family dispute resolution.

Practice frameworks for detecting risks during separation, such as family violence, parenting stress, mental health concerns and child harm, are central to the course. Child-focused practice and an introduction to child inclusive mediation are embedded within this qualification.

Graduates from the course will have the relevant professional qualification required for registration with the Federal Attorney General, which entitles the graduate to provide Family Dispute Resolution services to clients in Australia.

Relationships Australia WA and Relationships Australia NSW in partnership with the Australian Institute of Social Relations (training division of Relationships Australia SA) deliver this qualification.

For further information on course information, schedule of fees and delivery schedule, or enrollments, please visit the Social Relations website here.

This course uses a blended delivery mode of online assessments and activities with face-to-face training available in Adelaide, Sydney and Perth.

Students have free access to the following online programs:

  • AVERT Family Violence Basics
  • AVERT Family Violence Screening and Safety Planning
  • AVERT Family Violence Responding to Perpetrators of Family Violence (value $55)
  • Family DOORS Online Training Program (value $175)
  • Child Focused Practice Online

Work Placement Requirements

To achieve this qualification you must complete 50 hours of mandatory work placement. Eligible students are considered for work placements with Family Relationship Centres in most states and territories through the Relationships Australia partnership network.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

hold an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent

hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

hold the Mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC)

can provide documented evidence of previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills.

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may gain employment in the Community Services sector as a:

  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)
  • Mediator
  • Manager of an Alternative Dispute Resolution Service

Tuition Fees

Full Fee: $11,000


12 Months

Delivery Mode

Blended Learning


Students seeking recognition for all or part of a qualification must first complete the online Recognition Application.

Qualification Pathways

Upon completion of this qualification, graduates can apply for registration with the Attorney General’s Department (AGD) to practice as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner under the Family Law Act 1975. Graduates can also apply for National Mediator Accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation Standards (NMAS) by applying to Relationships Australia South Australia as a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB).

Enrolment Dates

Enrolments close Friday 11 January
Course commencement Monday 4 February

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