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CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution - February 2024 (New South Wales)

We are offering multiple national intakes and delivery methods for this course in 2024. View all upcoming intakes.


The CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution is a nationally accredited course that will prepare you to practice as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

In this theory, practice and evidence-based qualification, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and competence required to practice family dispute resolution (FDR) under the Family Law Act (1975).

You’ll develop the capacity to analyse and reflect as an FDRP, and provide structured processes and facilitated negotiations for families about parenting, financial and property matters related to the separation process. FDRPs provide information, undertake intake and assessment around the suitability of the FDR process and the capacity of families to participate, manage the process and tailor it to individual needs.

Why this course?

  • Blended learning approach that incorporates self-paced modules, online webinars, in-person workshops, a field trip, work placements and placement seminars.
  • Research and evidence-based.
  • Informed by over 40 years’ mediation experience.
  • Includes an organised, fully-supported practical work placement.
  • Qualified and skilled facilitators are also practicising practitioners.
  • Upon completion you can register as an FDRP and apply for accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

Starts on 19 February 2024 in New South Wales. See 'Course dates' below for more information.

$14,500. This includes a fully-supported work placement. Instalment options available. Please refer to our Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy in our RTO Program Manual.
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You can find detailed information on our course below, or sign up now for a ‘Learn more’ webinar. You’ll join our experienced facilitators for a free, 45-minute session where we’ll share information about the course, answer any questions you have and help you to make a decision about whether our Graduate Diploma of FDR is the right course for you.

Course dates

Please note: In order to complete the course, you must attend all sessions listed below. The introductory webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. Please ensure that you are available on the workshop and assessment dates specified below, before enrolling, as alternate sessions will not be available.

Introductory webinar

Online materials will also be available from this date.

  • 19 February from 10am - 12pm AEDT

Practice workshops

All workshops will be delivered in-person from 9:30am - 5pm daily on:

  • 21 March
  • 22 March
  • 16 May
  • 17 May
  • 27 June
  • 28 June
  • 26 September (subject to change)


All workshops will be delivered in-person, unless stated otherwise.

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Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO registration code 21977), providing nationally-recognised courses. Through our RTO, RAV is regulated by ASQA, and maintains its compliance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

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This Graduate Diploma runs for 1 year over 2 semesters.

Semester 1:

  • Blended model with online learning modules, live and recorded webinars and blocked face-to-face skills workshops, along with a field trip. Face-to-face sessions and field trips will take place in Melbourne for Victorian students and Sydney for New South Wales students.

Semester 2:

  • A 50-hour work placement, where students work actively with clients in a supervised environment.
  • 5 half-day placement seminars which provide students with the opportunity to present and discuss cases.

Students also undertake additional reading and research in preparation for assessment tasks.

After successfully completing this Graduate Diploma, you will be qualified to:

  • practice in the area of FDR
  • apply for accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)
  • register as an FDRP with the Australian Government’s Attorney-General’s Department.

We approach learning as a journey undertaken with each student. We will undertake appropriate steps to identify your learning support needs, and work together with you to develop options and solutions to support you in the most appropriate way.

Our flexible approach to training will enable us to provide you with the required tools and resources to ensure you are supported through your journey to completing the course. This includes support across administration, career planning, financial payment plans, personal development needs including counselling or mediation services, and learner support provided by our diverse support staff team.

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 accredited FDRP supervisor.
  • Students will participate in a minimum of 50 hours of client and case support work.

Visit for detailed information on the course units.

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

To gain entry into the CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of FDR a candidate must have one or more of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in psychology, social work, law, conflict management, dispute resolution, family law mediation or equivalent
  • NMAS accreditation
  • the mediation skill set from the Community Training Package
  • 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

RPL 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 RPL, you will need to provide evidence of the competencies needed for FDR by completing our RPL Application and Assessment Form, which we can provide on request.

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is a government-approved VET Student Loan (VSL) provider, able to offer the VSL program to eligible students to assist them in paying for their course tuition fees upfront for the CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution.

Find out more

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.

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.

Expressions of interest for this intake can be submitted via email. After you register your interest, we will contact you to provide more information about enrolment and organise an interview prior to acceptance into the course.

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