This page contains general information for accredited family dispute resolution (FDR) practitioners about ongoing obligations and provides useful resources and tools.
If you are looking for information on how to become a FDR practitioner visit the Becoming a family dispute resolution practitioner page.
More information about services and advice for families is available at the Family dispute resolution website.
Accredited FDR practitioners are bound by obligations to their clients as well as obligations to remain accredited.
FDR practitioners must:
- keep this department up to date with your contact details, including place of employment, email and telephone details
- ensure continued access to a suitable complaints mechanism that can be used by your clients
- maintain your professional indemnity insurance
- meet your professional development requirements to undertake at least 24 hours professional development activities for every two years of accreditation
- keep this department up to date if you cease to practice as an FDR practitioner and anything else relevant to your accreditation.
FDR practitioners must assess clients' suitability for family dispute resolution, ensure the confidentiality and inadmissibility of sessions and provide particular information to clients.
The following fact sheet on obligations will provide helpful information:
FDR practitioners also need to meet ongoing accreditation requirements. The following fact sheets provide details on accreditation obligations and general information about changing accreditation status:
FDR practitioners seeking information about their legal obligations should phone the Family Relationship Advice Line on 1800 050 321.
Practice issues for FDR practitioners
FDR practitioners should be aware of latest developments in the family law system.
Information on general practice issues (based on frequently asked questions) can be found at:
Before FDR starts
Before starting a family dispute resolution session with clients, practitioners must do a thorough client assessment to determine if the process is appropriate. Screening and assessment also assists family members to have their needs identified and, where safety concerns are identified, ensures that appropriate actions can be taken to protect those who are affected.
More information about screening and assessment can be found at:
Exceptions to FDR
People are not required to attend FDR in circumstances where it may not be appropriate, for example, where there has been family violence or child abuse. The following fact sheet on general exceptions and family violence exceptions will provide useful information.
More information about family violence changes is available on the Family violence page.
Section 60I certificates
Certificates issued under section 60I of the Family Law Act serve the sole purpose of allowing people to file an application in court. Section 60I certificates can only be issued by people who have met the accreditation standards and remain accredited on the FDR Register. More information about section 60I certificates and the templates for the certificates can be found at:
This department maintains the FDR Register. The register contains details of those practitioners accredited under the accreditation standards. FDR practitioners can elect to have their practice details made public on the Family Relationships Online website. The fact sheet below outlines how information is collected for the FDR Register and how that information is used.