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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    4 months

  • Course Type

    PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    05 April 2018

Course content

The Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution is a postgraduate program offered by the Faculty of Law. In this program, students will develop and enhance their skills in conflict resolution and mediation with the subjects offered as part of the Graduate Certificate running in conjunction with the Dispute Resolution Centre, recognised as a leader in mediation excellence. Graduates of this program will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding of the ethical principles as required by the National Mediator Accreditation System and will also have completed subjects which satisfy the six core competencies prescribed under the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. On completion, this qualification may lead to national mediation accreditation as well as family dispute resolution practitioner registration.

About the program

The Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution is a postgraduate program offered by the Faculty of Law, which, on completion, may also lead to national mediation accreditation as well as family dispute resolution practitioner registration. The subjects offered as part of the Graduate Certificate run in conjunction with the Dispute Resolution Centre which is recognised as a leader in mediation excellence. Graduates of this program will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding of the ethical principles as required by the National Mediator Accreditation System and will also have completed subjects which satisfy the six core competencies prescribed under the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008.

Professional outcomes

Nationally Accredited Mediator

The first two subjects in the Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution meet the threshold training, education and assessment requirements for National Mediator Accreditation as set out in the Approval Standards in the National Mediator Accreditation System. National accreditation may be obtained by:

  1. Completing LAWS17/77-801: Mediation and Dispute Resolution Practice 1
  2. Completing LAWS17/77-802: Mediation and Dispute Resolution Practice 2
  3. Applying to a Registered Mediator Accreditation Body for registration

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Accreditation

The Federal Attorney-General's Department manages accreditation for Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (DFRP). The subjects offered by Bond University meet the training and competency requirements equivalent to the six compulsory units of the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115). On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution, students may make an application to the Federal Attorney-General's Department for FDRP registration.

Please note, completion of the Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution will only make the student eligible to be accredited by the Federal Attorney-General's Department as a FDRP provided that if, at the time the student commenced the program, they satisfied at least one of the following requirements:

  • They held an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent; or
  • They held the Mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC); or
  • They held accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS); or
  • They were able to 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 judgment and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills.

Students with concerns about their eligibility to be accredited as an FDRP should contact the Attorney-General's Practitioner Accreditation Unit directly.

Structure and subjects

The Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution comprises four (4) subjects (40 CP) and is completed part-time.

  • LAWS17/77-801: Mediation and Dispute Resolution Practice 1
  • LAWS17/77-802: Mediation and Dispute Resolution Practice 2
  • LAWS17/77-803: Family Dispute Resolution 1
  • LAWS17/77-804: Family Dispute Resolution 2

Mediation and Dispute Resolution Practice 1, Mediation and Dispute Resolution Practice 2 and Family Dispute Resolution 1 are delivered intensively with a requirement to attend on-campus workshops ranging in length from two to five days, depending on the subject. There is also a requirement to complete some online modules in advance of workshop sessions. Family Dispute Resolution 2 is based on a clinical requirement to complete 50 hours of supervised FDR practice and includes a clinical training intensive along with at least 20 hours of supervised family dispute resolution practice in an approved clinic.


Visit the Family Dispute Resolution (PgCert) page on the Bond University website for more details!

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