Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
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?
Our Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution is your path to a rewarding and worthwhile career as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). Your knowledge and skills will qualify you to register as an FDRP with the Federal Attorney General, and equip you to provide specialist advice and support to families struggling to manage disputes. Your specialist expertise will include asset and debt identification, property settlements, parenting agreements, and child wellbeing.
If you already work in law, psychology, social work, mediation or related areas, this qualification will allow you to extend your professional practice and specialise in family dispute resolution.
You’ll learn from some of Australia’s leading practitioners, in a course based on over 70 years of frontline family services work by Relationships Australia.
Our blended learning options provide the flexibility you need to balance study with your other commitments.
Our knowledge, experience and reputation will ensure you graduate ready to secure employment in this important and challenging field.
Hurry: Enrolments close 31 January 2021!
Download the 2021 Course Guide
Find out more about our expertise as education providers, the specific units of competency you’ll complete as part of this course, as well as fees, entry requirements, and much more by downloading our 2021 Course Guide.
What can you expect from this diploma?
This course will equip you with the skills to help couples and families satisfactorily resolve their disputes. You will be able to:
- Understand and apply principles of non-adversarial, child inclusive, family dispute resolution.
- Understand and apply legal principles underpinning family mediation.
- Help separating parties resolve disputes about the wellbeing and care of children.
- Help separating parties 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.
- Graduates are eligible to register with the Federal Attorney General to provide Family Dispute Resolution services to clients in Australia.
Candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
- Undergraduate degree or higher qualification in psychology, social work, law, conflict management, dispute resolution, family law mediation or equivalent
- Accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)
- Satisfactory completion of the mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC)
- Relevant work experience. This is likely to be in a dispute resolution environment in a position requiring self-directed application of knowledge, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and relevant technical skills.
All applicants are required to undertake a suitability interview with the course coordinator.
Family Dispute Resolution employment opportunities
The Federal Government estimates that the demand for workers with counselling qualifications will be very strong over the next 5 years. See joboutlook.gov.au.
Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of community sector practitioner and management roles including:
- Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)
- Family Court Counsellor
- Manager of a dispute resolution or counselling service
Duration and delivery mode
12 months full-time – commencing Monday 8 February 2021.
Mix of online learning and face-to-face classroom sessions. Please see 2021 Course Delivery Schedule for dates of all Modules and face-to-face sessions.
This program is equivalent to 15-20 hours per week.
Most of the course is delivered online, with 12 face-to-face days in Sydney (Macquarie Park). Students will be required to undertake self-directed online learning outside of classroom delivery.
Additional free training
Enrolled students will have access, at no charge, to the following online training 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
- Working with Seniors – Safeguarding their Interests – value $75
- Property Law and Practice Skills for Mediators – value $500
Full Fee: $11,000
This qualification is on the approved list of courses for Vet Student Loans (VSL). Check your eligibility here.
To understand your obligations under the VET Student Loans program please see this document, which includes information on the application process, ongoing student obligations, and how to cease accessing a VSL.
See the 2021 Schedule of Fees for key dates and payment options.
Students must complete 50 hours of dispute resolution work under the supervision of an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).
This work must be in a dispute resolution service or in a simulated real work environment.
A limited number of placements are available in Family Relationship Centres. Work placement requirements must be completed within 12 months of your final unit of study.
RPL credit may be granted for relevant prior study or experience.
Students seeking recognition for all or part of a qualification must complete the online Recognition Application at least 14 days before the start of the course.
Relationships Australia NSW delivers this qualification in partnership with Australian Institute of Social Relations, RTO 102358 a division of Relationships Australia South Australia.
*minimum numbers are required for this course to proceed