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.


Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115)

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of separated families? Develop skills to help clients to manage conflict, make decisions and support their children.

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRPs) support families to resolve disputes, reduce conflict, make decisions regarding parenting or financial arrangements following separation. Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) is a specific process in which the current needs and issues are assessed and a model of intervention is delivered to support the family, including any children involved.

Our Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115) equips participants with the skills and knowledge required to become an FDRP. Based on the most current theory and practice, this course enables students to develop competencies to practice under the current Family Law Act (1975) as FDRPs in organisations or private practice.

Graduates of the course can choose to work primarily as FDRPs, or to use their skills and accreditation in addition to their existing qualifications, for example a lawyer who practices in family law, or a counsellor who works with separating families can add the ability to work as an FDRP to their existing skillset. 

Apply for this course via the application form at the bottom of this page.

Course Flyer (CHC81115)  Program Manual

The Role of a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

FDRPs provide structured processes and facilitated negotiations for families about parenting, financial and property matters related to a separation process. An FDRP's role includes providing information, undertaking intake and assessment around the suitability of the FDR process and capacity of families to participate, management of the FDR process and tailoring of it to individual needs.


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

The first semester includes structured weekly full-day seminars, once a week for 15 weeks, including a field trip.

The second semester involves a 50-hour work placement, where students actively work with clients in a supervised environment, and five half-day 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.

Semester Dates

CHC81115 Course Structure

  • A semester of weekly teaching sessions (9:30am - 4:30pm on Wednesdays).
  • A semester of monthly placement seminars (third Thursday of each month).

CHC81115 Dates

Semester One 2019

  • 6 March to 26 June 2019
  • Mid semester break: 8 to 20 April 2019

Semester Two 2019

  • 7 August to 5 December 2019
  • Mid semester break: 23 September to 4 October 2019

Semester One 2020

  • 19 March to 16 July 2020
  • Mid semester break: 6 to 17 April 2020

Semester Two 2020

  • TBC

RAV makes every effort to keep our course as affordable as possible.

The Graduate Diploma of FDR fees are as follows:

  • $10,500 (payable by instalment).
  • $1,500 placement fee.

A deposit of $1000 is payable upon enrolment. Instalment options are available. Please see the RTO Program Manual for more information about fees.


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

Ethics and Inclusion
Diversity and Different Family Groups
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts
High Conflict Cases and Support Processes

  • 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 and 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 Work Placement - 50 hours supervised by FDR Practitioner

Student Feedback

We are committed to providing high quality training that leads to a positive student experience at RAV. Feedback is sought from all our students through formal and informal evaluations throughout the course and this informs the ongoing development of our training programs.

Our students consistently provide positive feedback about their experience of training with RAV.

  • "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.”

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

In addition, students who have completed the requirements may apply for accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System. Therefore, to be both accreditation nationally as a mediator as well as fully-accredited as an FDRP.

Practical Placement

This course includes a complete practical placement in a functioning centre providing FDR. During this placement, students have a chance to work alongside experienced FDRPs working with real clients. Having this placement included in the course means that students do not need to find an option for placement themselves, which can be difficult.

Whilst completing this placement, students attend seminars allowing for sharing of learning experiencing and significantly increasing the development of skills and knowledge.


The Graduate Diploma is delivered by highly experienced and currently-practising FDRPs who have worked in a range of organisational and private practice contexts. Trainers have current training and assessment qualifications and relevant industry experience.

Entry Requirements

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 Graduate Diploma of FDR (CHC81115) 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 RAV’s administration team via email. RAV is required to record and verify a USI for each student.

More information and assistance in applying is available from the USI website and via the links below.

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 FDR 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.

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.

  • Maree Nugent
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • 1183 Toorak Road, Camberwell, VIC 3124
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    • Starts Wednesday 6 March 2019

      CHC81115 Semester 1 2019

      Please refer to the Dates and times section above.

    • Starts Wednesday 7 August 2019

      CHC81115 Semester 2 2019

      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.
  • $12,000 ($10,500 + $1,500 placement fee). 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.

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