Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

This post-graduate training in Family Dispute Resolution equips graduates to qualify as an FDRP and facilitate negotiations on the distribution of property, or child custody and care arrangements for separated couples and families. 

Program overview


A 12-month program delivered over two semesters. Next intake commences on the 24th of July 2024.


Online self-paced learning modules, with six live online full-day workshop dates, and a 50 hour practical placement.


This program includes a 50 hour in person work placement, which will take place in the Sydney Metro area for NSW residents.

Do you have experience in mediation and dispute resolution? Do you have a passion for working with families in distress, and want to make a difference?


The CHC81115 Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) could be for you. Your knowledge and skills will equip you to provide specialist advice and facilitate negotiations around parenting, financial and property matters for families navigating separation.


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Learn More Webinar

Our 2024 intakes are now open for expressions of interest. Sign up to our next webinar to find out more about the program and your eligibility to enrol. 

Learn More Webinar
27 May 2024

10–11 am AEDT

Family Dispute Resolution Employment Opportunities

Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, you’ll be qualified to work in a variety of community sector practitioner and management roles.

Apply for accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)
Register as an FDRP with the Australian Government’s Attorney- General’s Department
Practice as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)
Find employment as a mediator
Work as a Family Court Counsellor
Manage a dispute resolution or counselling service

What to Expect From This Diploma

This course is based on the latest theory and practice. After completing this course, you’ll be able to:

Understand and apply principles of non-adversarial, child inclusive, family dispute resolution
Understand and apply legal principles of family mediation under the Family Law Act (1975)
Help separating parties resolve disputes about the wellbeing and care of children
Help identify assets and debts and decide how they will be shared
Recognise and respond to evidence of family violence, parenting stress, mental health issues and child harm

Fully Supported Work Placement

this program includes a fully-arranged and supported 50-hour work placement in the second semester.

Students will get valuable practical experience and apply their learnt theories and frameworks under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

Placements are at one of the following Relationships Australia NSW centres: Dee Why, Sydney CBD, Macquarie Park, Blacktown, Penrith and Bathurst.

Mid-year intake is now open

Join the mid-year intake now for the opportunity to complete this program online through Relationships Australia Victoria.

This intake offers self-paced modules and six live online workshops in semester one, followed by a 50 hour placement and half day trainings in semester two. 

Limited places are available, and filling fast. Register your interest via the link below to to organise a pre-acceptance interview.

More questions?

The Graduate Diplomas are delivered by Relationships Australia Victoria, Registered Training Organisation #21977. All enquiries should be directed to our Victoria head office.

Phone: (03) 8573 2222


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Relationships Australia NSW will be closed from Saturday 23 December 2023 until Tuesday 2 January 2024.  

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