How to become a Family
Dispute Resolution practitioner

If you’re looking to pursue a career that is centred on helping families in need, becoming a Family Dispute Resolution practitioner could be perfect for you.

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a way of jointly dealing with the complex issues of children, finances and property, when a marriage or long-term relationship comes to an end. As a FDR practitioner, your role is to help resolve disputes over issues such as debt identification and property settlements, as well as helping parties make ongoing parenting agreements that will maximise the long term well being of any children involved. 

It is an extremely worthwhile and rewarding career that allows you to make a difference in the lives of those you help. 

How to become a Family Dispute Resolution practitioner 

To become a fully-qualified Family Dispute Resolution practitioner, you must first meet the accreditation standards outlined in the Australian Government’s Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. These accreditation standards include areas such as screening and assessing families for family violence and child abuse. 

Before you apply to become an accredited FDR practitioner, there are a number of steps you must follow, which are outlined below. 

Prior requirements to studying Family Dispute Resolution 

In order to meet the accreditation standards and become a FDR practitioner, you must undertake some study to equip you with skills and knowledge needed to work in this environment. 

Our Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution is a nationally-accredited qualification and will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to register as a FDR practitioner with the Federal Attorney General. The course provides you with the necessary skills to be able to provide specialist advice and support to families struggling to manage disputes. 

In order to be eligible to study our graduate diploma, you must meet at least one of the following entry requirements. 

  • You have a degree or higher qualification in psychology, social work, law, conflict management, dispute resolution, family law mediation or equivalent. 
  • You are an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). A mediator accreditation gives you a recognised qualification that shows you have met training and competence standards. This training equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake a Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. 
  • You have successfully completed the mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC). This qualification will provide you with specialist qualifications to support the practice of mediation and co-mediation.  
  • You have relevant work experience in a dispute resolution environment. This work experience should be in a dispute resolution environment where knowledge, judgement and decision-making skills are required. 

Once you have been deemed eligible in one of these areas, you can apply to our Graduate Diploma of FDR. 

Family Dispute Resolution employment opportunities

According to JobOutlook, the Federal Government estimates that the demand for workers with counselling qualifications will be very strong over the next five years. 

Graduates of a Graduate Diploma of FDR will be qualified to work in a variety of community sector practitioner and management roles including:

  • Family Dispute Resolution practitioner (FDRP)
  • Mediator
  • Family Court Counsellor
  • Manager of a dispute resolution or counselling service.

So, if you’ve ever thought about following your passion and helping families in need, now may be the right time.

Apply to become an accredited Family Dispute Resolution practitioner 

Once you’ve completed your qualification with the Graduate Diploma, you can apply for your accreditation. 

The accreditation criteria includes: 

  • Having appropriate qualifications and competencies
  • Having access to a suitable complaints mechanism that can be used by your clients
  • Having a national police check no older than four months
  • Not being prohibited under a law of a state or territory from working with children
  • Meeting the ‘working with children’ requirements in the state or territory in which you provide services, if applicable
  • Being suitable to perform the functions and duties of an FDR practitioner
  • Being covered by professional indemnity insurance.

If Family Dispute Resolution sounds like a career you could see yourself in, find out more about our Graduate Diploma of FDR here, and enrol online today.

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