(CHC81115) Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

Successfully completing the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution allows graduates to register with the Australian Attorney General to become a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. This study can be done quickly and online in the comfort of your own home or office throughout Australia.

Our Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution is prepared by our Academic Advisory Board which includes some of the most qualified mediators, teachers and education authors in Australia.

A family dispute resolution (FDR) practitioner is an independent person who helps people affected by separation or divorce to resolve their parenting disputes. It is compulsory for couples to attend an FDR practitioner prior to attending the Family Court of Australia. For this reason, FDRPs are in high demand throughout Australia and is an excellent career path for mediation professionals.

To be qualified as an FDR practitioner you must meet the accreditation standards in the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. The Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution will meet this requirement and allow the FDRP to issue section 60I certificates, which are required by the Family Court of Australia.

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CHC81115 Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution a candidate must have:

An undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent;

OR hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS);

OR  hold the Mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC);

OR can 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, and a range of technical and other skills.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of family dispute resolution practitioners who provide services and interventions for families experiencing high levels of relationship conflict where clients may be involved in the family law system. They may work as independent practitioners or in larger agencies.

Dispute resolution in this qualification has a direct link to the provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 and the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. Practitioners make high level, independent, complex judgements in highly specialised contexts. Some practitioner roles may also involve full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of own work as well as responsibility for broader management functions such as analysis, program planning, budgeting and strategy design.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed 50 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

 In Order to complete the (CHC8115) Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, you must be assessed as competent for the following units:

  • Core Unit: CHCFAM001 -  Operate in a family law environment
  • Core Unit: CHCDSP001 - Facilitate dispute in family law context
  • Core Unit: CHCDSP002 – Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution
  • Core Unit: CHCFAM002 – Work with a child focused approach
  • Core Unit: CHCDFV008 – Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
  • Core Unit: CHCDSP003 – Support the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution
  • Elective: CHCFAM007 – Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
  • Elective: CHCFAM008 – Work within a child inclusive framework
  • Elective: CHCPRP006 – Lead own professional development
  • Elective: CHCDF013 - Manage domestic and family violence and abuse screening and risk assessment processes

(CHC80308) Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

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Occupational titles for these workers may include:

  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Aboriginal family consultant
  • ADR practitioner
  • Barrister mediator
  • Dispute resolution facilitator
  • Family and couples mediator
  • Family law mediator
  • Family relationships mediator
  • Indigenous family facilitator
  • Manager of an ADR service

More information on becoming a family dispute resolution practitioner can be found here.

agd*some information utilised in this page has been obtained from the Attorney General’s website. © Commonwealth of Australia 2015

Pathway to a Masters of Conflict Management and Resolution

The Mediator Training Academy is delighted to announce that the pathway to the Master of Conflict Management and Resolution with James Cook University has been finalised.

MTA students who complete the CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution will receive credit for 4 subjects of the Master qualification – this equates to one third of the Masters requirements.

This is a tremendous opportunity for our graduates and unique to the Australian mediation industry.

Successfully completing the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution allows graduates to register with the Australian Attorney Generals department to become a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Registration time is now... For more information on the Master’s Program please click HERE

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution vary depending on the following:

  • pre-qualification requirements of the applicant
  • RPL qualifications possible for the applicant
  • if the applicant is a business
  • if the business or organisation has a number of FDR applicants to be trained at once
  • all fee options are compliant under the Australian Qualifications Framework

Please enquire about special tuition fee rates for Family Relationship Centres. Get in touch here.

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It is an advantage to you to discuss how we might best assist you, your pre-qualifications and where you might like to direct your path after the qualification has been obtained. Your pre-qualifications will determine your tuition fee for the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution.

The Academy is set up to assist you in choosing the most direct and effective pathway to your desired career in the mediation industry.