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Family relationship services

A range of support services are available to help separating and separated parents.

These services offer support and education to families experiencing family relationship difficulties.

Family Relationships Services Programme

The objective of the Family Relationships Services Programme (FRSP) is to improve the wellbeing of Australian families, particularly families with children, who are at risk of separating, or who have separated.

The FRSP consists of three sub-programmes that provide funding to underpin this objective:

  • Family Law System Projects
  • Family Law Services
  • Family Law Pathways Networks.

All decisions about funding allocations across the sub-programmes are the responsibility of the Attorney-General.

The information contained in the FRSP guidelines below relate to Family Law System Projects:

Family law services

As part of the FRSP, this department funds a range of services offering support and education to separated parents.

These services are managed by the Department of Social Services under the Families and Communities Programme, under the Families and Children Activity.

For more information about the services available, visit the Family Relationships Online website. These services include:

  • Family relationship centres
  • Family relationship advice
  • Family dispute resolution
  • Family counselling
  • Children's contact services
  • Parenting Orders Programme
  • Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Programme
  • Supporting Children After Separation Programme

Future Focus of Family Law Services

The department commissioned a report on how the future needs of the Australian community for family law services can be best met over the long term.

More information about this is available at the Future Focus of Family Law Services page.