CHC8115 Graduate Diploma
of Family Dispute Resolution

Who is it for?

This practice-based qualification is designed for professionals in the law and/or social services sector who are seeking 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.

Graduates of this course will have the relevant professional qualification required for registration with the Federal Attorney General. This entitles graduates to provide Family Dispute Resolution services to clients in Australia.

Course Information 2020

What will it be like?

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 wellbeing, are central to this course. Child-focused practice and an introduction to child inclusive mediation are embedded within this qualification.

This course uses a blended delivery mode of online assessments and activities, with face-to-face training in Adelaide (Hindmarsh), Sydney (Macquarie Park) and Perth (West Leederville), with placement opportunities available within the Relationships Australia network of Family Relationship Centres.

Relationships Australia NSW delivers this qualification in partnership with the Australian Institute of Social Relations (RTO 102358), a division of Relationships Australia South Australia.


12 Months.

Expect this course to require 15-20 contact hours per week, on average, over the 12 months.

Delivery Schedule mid-year intake 2020

Work Placement

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.

Employment Opportunities

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

  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Mediator
  • Manager of an Alternative Dispute Resolution Service

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  1. Hold an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent             OR
  2. hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)       OR
  3. Hold the Mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC) OR
  4. 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

All applicants will be required to undertake a suitability interview with the course coordinator.


You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this qualification. Students seeking recognition for all or part of a qualification must first complete the online Recognition Application.


Enrolments are now open for mid year intake 2020

Please click the options below to apply:

Vocational Student Loan enrolment

Full Fee Paying student enrolment

For more information or if you have any questions please email us at or phone 9425 4931 

*minimum numbers are required for this course to proceed

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Schedule of fees 2020


The face to face sessions are held in Macquarie Park, Sydney.



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