Workshop on FDR Issues in ALRC Family Law Discussion Paper

Date TBA | Family Relationship Centre, Sydney

Tuesday, 9 October

5.30 - 6.00pm registration and networking
6.00 - 8.30 pm discussion and interactive workshop

Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its discussion paper > on its review of the family law system on 2 Oct, 2018. The discussion paper distils the wisdom of research about and submissions from participants in the system. Its final report will be released in March 2019. The discussion paper poses a number of questions, and makes many recommendations directly concerning family dispute resolution, and others which would impact on FDR. These include:

  • Requiring FDR for property disputes
  • Developing DR models for property disputes
  • Considering FDRP training, qualifications and accreditation to mediate property disputes
  • Establishing effective practice guidelines for legally assisted DR for parenting and property matters
  • Giving children an opportunity to express views in FDR
  • Identifying core competencies for the family law system workforce
  • Establishing one-stop community-based Families Hubs
  • Developing a national information sharing framework

This provides another important opportunity for the community of Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners to contribute to 're-imagining the family law system in a way that better supports the range of contemporary needs of separating families and their children', as Commissioner Professor Helen Rhoades remarked to the recent AIFS conference.

Join this interactive workshop to consider key FDR questions in the discussion paper. The views of participants will then be conveyed to the ALRC to inform its work on the final stage of the inquiry.The Resolution Institute is proud to partner with the Sydney City Family Relationships Centre, managed by Relationships Australia NSW, to offer this workshop to those interested in contributing to the future of Australian family dispute resolution.

About the presenters

Dr Sue Armstrong

Dr Sue Armstrong is an FDRP, Mediator, Coach, Collaborative Professional and Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney Law School. She has researched, presented and published widely about FDR, particularly about access and diversity issues.

Paula Bruce

Ms Paula Bruce is a Chairperson for the Family Law Special Interest Group at NSW Resolution Institute. She has 20 years' experience working in the field as a practitioner, lawyer, researcher, trainer and manager of family dispute resolution services.