Please note: the course will be delivered either face-to-face or online, in accordance with official guidance around face-to-face activities during the COVID-19 situation. Further updates will be provided closer to the start of semester. A current schedule can be provided upon request.
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.
An interactive course with online and face-to-face blended learning - ask questions, see skills demonstrated first-hand.
A leading provider of mediation and dispute resolution services for over 30 years, we continue to deliver both funded and unfunded services.
Learn from highly-skilled, practising family dispute resolution practitioners in an interactive, industry-relevant environment.
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.
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.
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.
Program Manual Frequently Asked Questions
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.
INTAKE ONE 2020
Online materials available
Face-to-face workshops, 9:30am to 4:30pm on the following dates.
- 25-26 March 2020
- 27-28 May 2020
- 15-16 July 2020
Online webinars will also occur throughout the semester.
Work placement arranged by RAV.
Monthly seminars, 9:30am to 1:30pm on the following dates. (Please note: These dates are subject to change and will be confirmed well in advance.)
- 20 August 2020
- 17 September 2020
- 22 October 2020
- 18 November 2020
- 10 December 2020
INTAKE TWO 2020
The course will run on the following dates, and will be delivered either face-to-face or online, in accordance with official guidance around face-to-face activities during the COVID-19 situation.
- 16 July
- 13 August
- 26, 27 August
- 17 September
- 8 October
- 14, 15 October
- 12 November
- 25, 26 November
Dates may be changed, and/or further dates added depending on the delivery format. Further updates will be provided in the future. A current schedule can be provided upon request.
Work placement arranged by RAV, and monthly seminars.
Blended delivery over a 12-month period, split into two semesters.
- The first semester consists of online learning modules, webinars, and skills workshops, which will be delivered either face-to-face or online, in accordance with official guidance around face-to-face activities during the COVID-19 situation.
- The second semester consists of a fully arranged and supported work placement for all students, along with monthly seminars.
Semester one: online learning modules and skills workshops
Foundations of FDR Practice
- Module 1 Family Dispute Resolution
- Module 2 Family Violence
- Module 3 Intake/Assessment
Children and Parenting Matters in FDR
- Module 4 Post-Separation Parenting
- Module 5 Family Law and Parenting FDR
Property and Financial Matters in FDR
- Module 6 Context of Property FDR
- Module 7 Property FDR Process
Ethics and Inclusive FDR Practice
- Module 8 Diversity and Vulnerability in FDR
- Module 9 Ethical FDR practice
- Module 10 Bringing it all together
Semester two: work placement
- Fully arranged and supported work placement in a service providing FDR to clients. Each student is matched with a centre and specific accredited FDRP supervisor.
- Students will participate in a minimum of 50 hours of client and case support work.
- Monthly seminars - see 'Semester dates' for more information.
Please refer to www.training.gov.au for detailed information on the course units.
Units of competency
- CHCDFV001 Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence
- CHCDFV008 Manage Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in Family Work
- CHCDFV013 Manage Domestic and Family Violence Screening and Risk Assessment Processes
- CHCFAM001 Operate in a Family Law Environment
- CHCFAM002 Work with a Child-Focused Approach
- CHCFAM007 Assist Clients to Develop Parenting Arrangements
- CHCDSP001 Facilitate Dispute Resolution in the Family Law Context
- CHCDSP002 Adhere to Ethical Standards in Family Dispute Resolution
- CHCDSP003 Support the Safety of Vulnerable Parties in Family Dispute Resolution
- CHCPRP006 Lead Own Professional Development
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.
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 (NMAS). Therefore, graduates will be eligible to become accredited mediators under the NMAS, and accredited FDRPs with the Attorney-General’s Department.
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.”
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)
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.
Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
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.
Recognition of Prior Learning
RAV is an RTO (registration code 21977), providing nationally-recognised courses.
CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
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.