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CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution - Online July 2024 (Australia-wide)

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

Please note: This course was previously scheduled to be delivered in-person in Queensland. The course will now be delivered online and is available Australia-wide. If you reside in Victoria and would like to complete this course, please visit our Victorian intake.

This nationally accredited course 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 and undertake intake and assessment around FDR suitability and the capacity of families to participate. They manage and adapt the FDR process to meet 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).

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Starts on 17 July 2024. 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.
Delivered online. All session times are in Victorian local time.
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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.

  • 17 July from 10am - 12pm AEST

Practice workshops

All workshops will be delivered online from 9:30am - 4:30pm AEST daily on:

  • 22 August 2024
  • 23 August 2024
  • 17 October 2024
  • 18 October 2024
  • 21 November 2024
  • 22 November 2024
  • 20 March 2025 (subject to change)


All workshops will be delivered online.

More information

The course integrates online, self-paced learning with workshops and assessments that are delivered either online, in-person or through a combination of both (dependent on the enrolled intake).

One year, over 2 semesters.

Semester 1:

  • Involves self-paced online modules, live and recorded monthly 2-hour webinars, and 6 full-day skills workshops.

Semester 2:

  • A fully arranged and supported 50-hour work placement, in a service providing FDR to clients. Students are matched with a centre/service and an accredited FDRP supervisor. In a workplace environment, students are actively supervised to work with clients and undertake case support work.
  • 5 x half-day placement seminars involving case presentations and discussions.

Students also undertake varied assessment tasks, independent reading and research to support learning throughout the year.

  • Evidence-informed, experiential learning
  • Fully coordinated and supervised placement
  • Highly experienced, qualified facilitators
  • Nationally-recognised and accredited training
  • VET Student Loan-approved
  • Registered Training Organisation 21977
  • Delivered continuously since 2009
  • Informed by 75 years' service experience

Graduates are qualified to:

  • register as FDRPs with the Australian Government's Attorney-General's Department
  • practise in the area of FDR under the Family Law Act (1975)
  • issue s60I Certificates
  • apply for accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

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

Detailed course information, policies and procedures are available in our Registered Training Organisation Program Manual, available on our website.

To enrol in this course, you 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
  • evidence of dispute resolution experience 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.

This Graduate Diploma is an Australia Government VET Student Loan-approved course.

Please click here to access our VET Student Loans Information Manual.

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 extensive and relevant industry experience.

Register your interest for this course via the form below. We will then contact you with information on next steps and to organise an interview prior to being offered a place in the course.

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.

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.

$14,500 (payable by instalment).

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.

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

Still have a question? Join our next ‘Learn More’ webinar or send us an enquiry.

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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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