Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

Australian Institute of Social Relations

This qualification is part of the Community Services Training Package. It 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 provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 and 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.

Entry Requirements:

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; or hold the Mediation skill set; or provide documented evidence of relevant experience in a dispute resolution environment


10 units: 6 core; 4 elective

Subjects you can Study:

Core: Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work; Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context; Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution; Support the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution; Operate in a family law environment; Work with a child-focused approach. Electives: Work effectively with young people and their families; Lead own professional development; Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes; Work within a child inclusive framework; plus more.

Further information:

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

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Hindmarsh No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
Australian Institute of Social Relations is a division of Relationships Australia (SA) and a Registered Training Organisation offering nationally recognised qualifications and competencies in community services, counselling and training and assessment.

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