connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Accredited Training

Relationships Australia Victoria provides a range of accredited courses with formally recognised qualifications, including a university-accredited course and vocational training.

Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115)

Are you interested in helping families to manage conflicts, and assisting separated families to make decisions and develop parenting arrangements?

The Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115) equips participants with the skills required to be a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP). FDRPs mediate disputes and conflict between family members, assisting families to find appropriate resolutions and arrangements that focus on the best interests of the children.

Many relationship breakdowns and family separations occur each year. Some of the families involved experience difficulty in making decisions regarding their children, parenting, financial and property arrangements. Family dispute resolution (FDR) is a specific process that parents can work through to help them make these decisions.

The Graduate Diploma of FDR qualification was created in response to significant changes in the family law system and the creation of several new and extended services for families, including Family Relationship Centres. As an accredited course, it is designed to prepare students for practice as an FDRP, and is based on current theory and practice and enable students to develop:

  • knowledge, skills and competence for the practice of FDR under the current Family Law Act (1975)
  • an analytical reflective capacity as an FDR professional.
Course Brochure (CHC81115)  Program Manual (CHC81115) 

Applications can be submitted in the form at the bottom of this page.

The role of an FDRP

FDRPs provide structured processes and facilitated negotiations for families regarding parenting, financial and property matters during a separation process. The FDRP's role includes providing information, intake and assessment around the suitability and capacity of families to participate in the FDR process, and to manage the process, tailoring around individual needs.


The Graduate Diploma of FDR course runs for one year over two semesters.

Semester 1 includes a three-day weekend introductory workshop and structured weekly seminars, once a week for 12 weeks, including a field trip.

Semester 2 involves a 50-hour internship, where students will actively work with clients in a supervised environment, and five half-day Internship placement seminars which provide students with the opportunity to present and discuss cases.

Students also undertake self-paced learning via readings, reviewing course summaries and undertaking preparation for assessment tasks.


 Module 1 - Foundations of FDR Practice

Part 1 Family Law System and FDR
Part 2 Domestic and Family Violence in FDR
  • CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work (core)
  • CHCDSP001 Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context (core)
  • CHCDSP0002 Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution (core)
  • CHCDSP0003 Support the safety of vulnerable parties in family dispute resolution (core)
  • CHCDFV013 Manage domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes (elective)
Module 2 - Children and financial matters in FDR
Part 1 Children’s matters in FDR
Part 2 Financial matters in FDR  
  • CHCFAM002 Work with a child-focused approach (core)
  • CHCFAM001 Operate in a family law environment (core)
  • CHCFAM007 Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements (elective)
  • CHCDSP001 Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context (core)
  • CHCDSP003 Support the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution (core)
Module 3: Inclusive Practice
Diversity and different family groups
Culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts
High conflict cases, support processes
Special cases – relocation alienation
  • CHCDSP002  Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution (core)
  • CHCDSP003  Support the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution (core)
  • CHCDFV001  Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence (elective)
  • CHCDFV013  Manage domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes (elective)
Module 4 – Developing Ethical FDR Practice
Part 1 Professional Practice
Part 2 Debriefing & Support processes    
  • CHCPRP006 Lead own professional development (core)
  • CHCDFV013 Manage domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes (core)
  • CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence (core)
Semester 2 Internship/ Work Placement - 50 hours supervised by FDR Practitioner




Following completion of the Graduate Diploma of FDR over 12 months, students will be qualified to practice in the area of family mediation and eligible to register as an FDRP with the Federal Attorney-General’s Department.

In addition, students who have completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma may register through Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), a Registered Mediator Accreditation Body, under the National Accreditation scheme, enabling to advertise their status as a ‘nationally accredited mediator’. Further information is available from RAV's Training Administration team.


The Graduate Diploma is delivered by experienced and practising FDRPs, with current training and assessment qualifications and relevant industry experience.


This qualification is suitable for people with a background in law, psychology, social work, dispute resolution or other appropriate qualification, and, who are interested in a career in the mediation and conflict management fields.

To gain entry into CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of FDR a candidate must have one of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent, or
  • accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), or
  • the Mediation skill set from the Community Training Package (CHC), or
  • ability to 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
    • a range of technical and other skills.

Upon request and where applicable, candidates may request a Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please refer to the RTO Program Manual for more information.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015, students undertaking nationally accredited training with RAV (i.e. enrolling into VET courses) will need to set up a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and provide this to Administration via email. RAV is required to record and verify a USI for each student.

More information is on the USI website and the links below can assist you to apply:

Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

RAV is an RTO (registration code 21977), providing nationally-recognised courses.







CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition enables students to have their existing skills and knowledge relating to family dispute resolution acknowledged and status granted where appropriate. This is available for people with extensive and relevant experience in family law, mediation, counselling or family and domestic violence.

If you answer yes to these questions, you may be a suitable candidate for recognition:

  • Do you have a qualification in behavioural science or law (diploma or advanced diploma level)?
  • Have you had a minimum of two years' full-time experience (or equivalent) in dispute resolution?
  • Have you done an accredited course of at least five days in dispute resolution?
  • Do you have a comprehensive knowledge of family law?
  • Have you conducted risk assessments for family violence and mental health issues?

To apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL), you will need to provide evidence of the competencies needed for FDR by completing the RPL Application and Assessment Form, which is available from the RAV Training Team on (03) 8573 2277 or via email. Please also refer to the RTO Program Manual.

Dates and times

CHC81115 Semester 1 2018 Intake

Weekend workshop: 

Friday 23 February, Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February 2018, 9:30am to 4:30pm each day.

Weekly seminars:

Wednesdays, 9:30am to 4:30pm each day.

  • 14, 21, 28 March; 18 April; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May; 6, 13, 20 June 2018.

Placement seminars from 9:30am to 1:30pm on the third Thursday of the month in 2018:

  • 16 August 2018
  • 20 September 2018
  • 18 October 2018
  • 15 November 2018
  • 22 November 2018 (including graduation)

CHC81115 Semester 2 2018 Intake

Weekend workshop:

Friday 27 July 2018, Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018, 9:30 to 4:30 each day.

Weekly seminars:

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 4:30 pm each day:

  • 8, 15, 22, 29 August; 5, 12, 19 September; 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 7 November 2018.

Placement seminars from 9:30am to 1:30pm on the third Thursday of the month in 2019:

  • 21 February 2019
  • 21 March 2019
  • 18 April 2019
  • 16 May 2019
  • 20 June 2019 (including graduation)

The Graduate Diploma of FDR costs $9900. A deposit of $1000 is payable upon enrolment. Instalment options are available. Please see the Program Manual for more information about fees.

Student feedback
  • "This has been an amazing time of growth. The readings / learnings have been instrumental in the advancement of organisational practice but also in my own reflective capacity – best experience."
  • "The trainers were experts in the field and very willing to share their knowledge and encourage participation."
  • "Fantastic. Fast paced and interactive. (I) learned a lot of very useful skills."
  • "Trainers very experienced and capable, also encouraging - invaluable resources and support."
  • "Course was great and prepared me very well for working as an FDRP."
  • Maree Nugent
  • (03) 8573 2277
  • 1183 Toorak Road, Camberwell, VIC 3124
    • Starts 9:30am Friday 23 February 2018

      CHC81115 Semester 1 2018

      Please refer to the Dates and times section above. 

    • Starts 9:30am Friday 27 July 2018

      CHC81115 Semester 2 2018

      Please refer to the Dates and times section above. 

  • Please note that course dates are subject to change should unforeseen circumstances occur, and students will be notified if rescheduling is required.
  • $9900. Payable by instalment.
  • Upon enrolment, students will be provided with information about applicable legislation and their related rights and responsibilities, as well as RTO policy and procedures, learning resources, student or workplace agreements and support services that may be available.

    Prospective students can access course information and the RTO Program Manual containing general information, policies and procedures here: Course Brochure Program Manual.

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