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.
Grant opportunities exist under the Family Law System Projects sub-programme. Funding may be provided to support a range of projects that build on and support the capacity of the family law system. Further information relating to funding for Family Law System Projects, including the FRSP guidelines, can be found on the GrantConnect website.
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
amica: a new online tool to assist couples to separate amicably
Launched on 30 June 2020, 'amica' is an online dispute resolution tool developed by National Legal Aid. This ground-breaking digital service will empower separating couples to resolve their family law disputes online.
amica enables users to negotiate and communicate online with their former partner at their own pace, in their own time and in their own space.
amica uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to suggest a split of assets, taking into account the couple's particular circumstances; the kinds of agreements reached by other couples in similar circumstances; and how courts generally handle disputes of the same nature.
amica can also assist parents to develop a parenting plan for their children.
Find out more on the amica website.
Family law research
The department has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to undertake research on Children and young people in separated families.
The research aims to understand the experiences of children and young people after parents separate and how the family law system and services may better meet their needs.
For more information about this research, visit the AIFS Children and Young People in separated families page.