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Information for family dispute resolution practitioners

We are developing a new family dispute resolution (FDR) Register that includes an online application and a self-management portal.

All accredited practitioners must 'onboard' to the new system in the coming months. This includes recently accredited practitioners.

To onboard, practitioners must upload current evidence to show they meet the accreditation criteria – similar to the evidence provided in their application to be accredited.

The Practitioner Accreditation Unit will notify current practitioners of the new FDR Register and onboarding process closer to its release date. We will also update this webpage.

For questions about the new FDR Register, contact the Practitioner Accreditation Unit:

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 an 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.

Obligations

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 the parties in dispute's 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 practitioner obligations to parties in dispute

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 Practitioner Obligations—accreditation

Suspension and Cancellation of accreditation

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:

General practice information for FDR practitioners

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:

Screening and Assessment

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.

Exceptions to Family Dispute Resolution

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.

The templates for the certificates can be found at:

Template s60I Certificate and general information sheet

WA s60I Certificate

Information about section 60I certificates can be found at:

Fact sheet on s60I certificates for FDR

FDR Register

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.

FDR Register

Contact details

Practitioner Accreditation Unit
1800 025 255
fdrregistration@ag.gov.au
Attorney-General's Department
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600