CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

Full Fee SA/WA

2020 Enrolments Closed

Register your interest for the next intake in 2021.

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This course is delivered online, in its majority, with the face-to-face days available in Sydney (Macquarie Park), Adelaide (Hindmarshand Perth (West Leederville) only. *This course requires minimum numbers to proceed.

Help couples with the complex issues arising from separation
Develop the skills and knowledge to help separating parties make decisions that result from their situation. Help separating parties identify assets and debts and decide how they will be shared, and help parties reach parenting agreements for children’s well-being and care. This practice-based qualification is designed for professionals in the law and/or social science sectors who are seeking work within the community-based family law arena.

In this course, you will gain the required skills to work as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) in Australia. Participants who successfully complete the learning and assessment activities will acquire knowledge of the legal principles underpinning mediation and develop the skills to support non-adversarial family dispute resolution.

Being employed as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner is important and challenging work. Assist separating couples by facilitating conversations around sensitive matters, to develop their own agreements. Help separating parties identify assets and debts and decide how they will be shared, and help parties reach parenting agreements for children’s well-being and care.

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) or Mediation is a way of jointly dealing with the complex issues of children, finances, and property, when a marriage or long-term relationship comes to an end. Mediation facilitates conversations around sensitive matters, to assist people to develop their own agreements. This process often reduces the need for stressful, expensive court hearings, and helps keep legal costs to a minimum.

Practice frameworks for detecting risks during separation, such as family violence, parenting stress, mental health concerns and child harm, are central to the course. Child-focused practice and an introduction to child inclusive mediation are embedded within this qualification.

Graduates of this course will have the relevant professional qualification required for registration with the Federal Attorney General. This entitles graduates to provide Family Dispute Resolution services to clients in Australia.

Students have free access to the following online programs:

Work Placement Requirements

Students are required to complete 50 hours of dispute resolution work with clients, under the supervision of an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), in a dispute resolution service or simulated environment, reflecting real work requirements. Eligible students are considered for work placements with Family Relationship Centres in SA, NSW and WA through the Relationships Australia partnership network.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent


  • hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)


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


  • 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.

All applicants will be required to undertake a suitability interview with the course coordinator.

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may gain employment in the Community Services sector as a:

  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)
  • Mediator
  • Manager of an Alternative Dispute Resolution Service

Tuition Fee

Tuition fee: $11,000


12 Months

Delivery Mode

Blended learning – Online and compulsory classroom sessions

Prior Recognition of Learning (RPL)

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this qualification. Students seeking recognition for all or part of a qualification must first complete the online Recognition Application.

More Information

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