Accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner - Australian Government


You will require this accreditation if you intend to operate as a family dispute resolution practitioner. 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 sort it out through family dispute resolution. A family dispute resolution practitioner is an independent person who helps people affected by separation or divorce resolve their parenting disputes.

To operate as, and be called a family dispute resolution 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

The criteria for accreditation include:

  • having appropriate qualifications and competencies
  • having access to a suitable complaints mechanism that can be used by your clients
  • having a national police check no older than four months
  • not being prohibited under a law of a state or territory from working with children
  • meeting the 'working with children' requirements in the state or territory that you provide services
  • being suitable to perform the functions and duties of a family dispute resolution 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.


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Fees Details for this service in table format.

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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

Family Law Branch

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Practitioner Accreditation Unit

Family Law Branch

Attorney-General's Department

Mailing address: 3 - 5 National Circuit
Barton, Australian Capital Territory 2600
Toll Free: 1800 025 255