Accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner - Australian Government


You will require this accreditation if you intend to operate as a family dispute resolution (FDR) practitioner. An FDR practitioner is an independent person who helps people affected by separation or divorce to resolve their parenting disputes.

The law requires separating families who have a dispute about children, or are seeking changes to an existing parenting order, to make a genuine effort to try to sort it out through FDR before filing an application for parenting orders in a family law court. Unless an exemption applies, such as cases involving family violence, child abuse or urgency, they will need to file a Section 60I Certificate issued by an accredited FDR practitioner.

To operate as, and be called a FDR practitioner, you must meet the accreditation standards, which includes having been assessed as competent in units that involve screening and assessing families for family violence and child abuse.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this accreditation, you must:

  • Have appropriate qualifications and competencies
  • Have access to a suitable complaints mechanism that can be used by your clients
  • Have a national police check no older than four months
  • Not be prohibited under a law of a state or territory from working with children
  • Meet the 'working with children' requirements in the state or territory that you provide services, if applicable
  • Be suitable to perform the functions and duties of an FDR practitioner.

It is a condition of accreditation to be covered by professional indemnity insurance.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


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Act(s) name

Family Law Act 1975 AG

Regulation(s) name

Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008 AG

Administering agency

Attorney-General's Department

Contact details

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Practitioner Accreditation Unit

Contact us other: 02 6141 6666
Contact us other: 02 6141 2553
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