FDRP1 Family Law and Mediation

FDRP1 Family Law and Mediation


This subject forms the foundation of the FDRP Program. In this subject you will be introduced to Family Law and the place of Mediation within Family Law. You will acquire the requisite knowledge to enable you, as a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), to contextualise and understand each party’s unique situation within the family law framework, and assist each of them to understand your function and their respective roles in the process.

This subject also discusses where mediation sits on the dispute resolution spectrum and how the process assists in the resolution of family disputes.

By the end of the subject, you will have completed all the requirements under the National Mediation Standards to apply for assessment and subsequent accreditation as an accredited mediator.



At the end of this subject you will be able to:

  • discuss the role, obligations, and ethical practices required of the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) within the Australian family law framework
  • critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the various dispute resolution options, appraising and evaluating party suitability for dispute resolution
  • assist participants to understand and engage with the facilitative mediation process with effective communication skills and applying dispute conflict diagnostic skills
  • conduct a facilitative mediation in an appropriate procedural manner, and determine when it would be suitable to terminate a mediation where you no longer deem the process appropriate, and assisting parties to reach successful outcomes.


  • Overview of Australian family law
  • FDRP obligations
  • The dispute resolution spectrum
  • Conflict analysis and pre-mediation preparation
  • Mediation models
  • Facilitative mediation process
  • Communication skills in mediation
  • Common issues in mediation


How to enrol

1. Download and read the Program Manual (PDF).
This document contains all the terms and conditions relating to your enrolment at The College of Law.

2. Decide on your program and initial subject/s

3. Enrol online



More information

"I first became an FDRP to complement my family law practice. I found it so rewarding that I transitioned out of legal practice to grow my own mediation practice. Being the impartial third party facilitating discussion, rather than acting for one side or another, is a very satisfying job."

Danielle Jaku-Greenfield

Mediator, The Resolution Space and Lecturer, The College of Law