379 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
P: (03) 8625 3666
Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
Melbourne Family Relationship Centre provides a range of support services to families experiencing separation. We can help you to consider parenting and communication issues, focus on your child’s needs and make decisions regarding your children without the stress of financial costs of going to court. The Centre is committed to providing an inclusive service for all families. We acknowledge and respect the wide-ranging needs, backgrounds and diversity of families in our community.
Anyone can contact the Centre for information, advice and referrals. We can offer family dispute resolution services to anyone involved in caring for a child, including grandparents, step-parents, same-sex and gender diverse parents and other significant people in a child’s life.
Underpinning our work as part of the family law system, we promote healthy family relationships, work towards the prevention of conflict, encourage agreement rather than litigation, and promote the rights of children to have meaningful relationships with both parents when safe to do so. Our vision is for positive, safe and respectful relationships for couples, families, schools, workplaces and communities.
Our aim is to provide a service model that allows parents to reach easy, simple and efficient agreements which are in the best interests of children while at the same time protecting children and vulnerable adults from risk of harm. We do that by working in partnership with a range of services including legal services, and we provide a setting in which parties can feel safe and confident they will be treated with dignity and respect.
Please contact us for more information or to discuss how the Centre’s services can assist you.
View the Centre brochure here.
This is a process that helps couples and families who are in conflict to communicate with each other and reach agreement about issues relating to their separation. These might include shared care of children, holiday arrangements, choosing schools, and healthcare.
Our counselling service provides high quality, culturally sensitive relationship counselling and therapy, including education programs, to individuals, couples and families. Our Centre Counsellor has expertise in childhood development and family dynamics and is able to respond to a diverse range of issues including trauma, violence and abuse, parenting concerns, stress and anxiety, separation and divorce, and blended families.
The Centre works with family law services to develop links to a range of services for families. These include information sessions for family dispute resolution (FDR), legally-assisted FDR, and referral.
Based on the Key Steps to Parenting after Separation program, this one day program informs parents about the impact of separation and divorce on children. It provides parents with key information and strategies to assist children to successfully adjust to separation and divorce. The group meets the requirements for Court Orders and is available to men and women. Contact the Centre for further details and to book a place.
An option to settle your property and financial disputes is to use Relationship Australia Victoria’s Property Dispute Settlement and Conciliation Program. The service utilises nationally accredited external mediators and family dispute resolution practitioners with extensive experience in property and financial disputes. You can participate in the service with or without your lawyer. If you have a lawyer, you may opt to negotiate a settlement with them present to provide legal support.
This model has been developed specifically for families wanting to do family dispute resolution (FDR), but who are experiencing multiple risk factors around family violence compounded by complex need. The process includes a comprehensive risk assessment and screening which identifies at-risk parties who require additional or enhanced support for family violence and complex need. Subsequent to the assessment, a family safety practitioner provides support to all parties, incorporating a thorough safety, risk and whole-of-family psycho-social assessment.
The Melbourne Family Relationship Centre has a Community Liaison Officer who engages with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities. The Centre works closely with multicultural communities on a range of complex family issues, utilising its partnership with government, legal services and the community sector to deliver culturally-appropriate services.
The Centre can provide tailored information sessions to multicultural community groups and service providers about the role of family relationship centres, family dispute resolution, the impact of separation on children and the Family Law system. We also work in partnership with various communities and services to develop programs aimed at helping to strengthen family relationships. To arrange an information session or to find out more about our multicultural programs please contact the Community Liaison Officer at Melbourne Family Relationship Centre via the contact details listed above.
For more information on Melbourne FRC programs please contact the Community Liaison Officer on (03) 8625 3666.
The Melbourne FRC is managed by a consortium with Relationships Australia Victoria as the lead.