Australia's family law system helps people resolve the legal aspects of family relationship issues – including relationship breakdown, property and parenting arrangements.

The Family Law subjects in the Postgraduate Applied Law Programs deal with the legal aspects of working with families. 

The Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice (FDRP) equips those looking to become Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners with the tools to help resolve disputes caused by separation or divorce. 

Choose from: 

  • Master of Applied Law (Family Law)
  • LLM (Applied Law) with a major in family law
  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Law (Family Law)
  • Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice

It completely changes the way you practise. It takes you to another level. You can really tell lawyers that have actually done the course because they practise at a completely different level.

Catherine Leach

Managing Director, Leach Legal, Perth Australia



FLP1 Foundations of Family Law Practice*

FLP2 Property, Maintenance and Child Support*

FLP3 Conducting Family Law Matters*

FLP11 Advanced Parenting Issues*

FLP12 Advanced Issues in Property, Maintenance and Child Support*

FLP13 Development & Management of a Family Law Practice

FLP14 Family Dispute Resolution

FLP15 Advocacy in Family Law

FLP00 Capstone Project (Family Law)  

* NSW, VIC, QLD and WA specific content

Subjects: Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice

FDR1 Family Law and Mediation 

FDR2 Children’s Matters, Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution

FDR3 Advanced Family Dispute Resolution

FDR4 Case Management in Family Dispute Resolution Capstone - makes up 30 hours of the required practicum component.

*Students will be required to find their own practicum for the remaining 20 hours. Even though students are not able to start their practicum until they successfully complete their coursework, students are strongly encouraged to start looking for practicum as soon as they enrol in the course.

Advisory Board

Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace Family Court of Australia 

Judge Elizabeth Boyle Judge, Federal Circuit Court 

Dr Jacoba Brasch QC Barrister 

Ian Serisier Barrister and Mediator 

Glenn Thompson Partner, Newnhams Solicitors 

Teaching Staff

Simon Cooper Barrister, E-Chambers

Clare Dart Barrister, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Nationally Accredited Mediator, Family Law Arbitrator

Susan Hamilton-Green Family Lawyer and FDRP, Intandem Legal Services, Creative Family Law Solutions, Accredited Specialist (Family Law and Mediation), AIFLAM, LEADR, VADR

Danielle Jaku-Greenfield Mediator, lecturer and writer, Sydney Mediation Partnership, NMAS, LEADR

Ray James James & Associates Solicitors, NSW Accredited Specialist (Family Law)

Kathryn Kearley College of Law Senior Lecturer, Head of Co operative Program (NSW) and Australian Catholic University adjunct lecturer

Briana Kotzapavlidis Principal, Tisher Liner FC Law

Sylvia Maramis Barrister, Owen Dixon Chambers

Doris Matias Associate Director, Culshaw Miller Lawyers

Selina Nikoloudakis Mellor Olsson LawyersSenior Associate and Accredited Family Law Specialist

Rachel Oakley Barrister, John Tooey Chambers, Nationally Accredited AIFLAM Mediator

Norman O'Dowd Solicitor in charge, Family Litigation, Legal Aid NSW, Accredited Specialist (Family Law)

Graham Quinlivan Member, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, QLS Children’s Committee

Ian Serisier Barrister

Stacey Taylor Special Counsel, Wisewould Mahoney Lawyers

Glenn Thompson OAM Partner, Newnhams Solicitors, NSW Accredited Specialist (Family Law)

Mark Youssef Partner, Taylor & Scott, NSW Accredited Specialist (Family Law), Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee Member (Law Society of NSW)