Did you let the Attorney Generals Department know?

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners

Remember that one of the conditions of your accreditation is that you keep the Attorney Generals Department up to date with:

  • your contact details, including place of employment,
  • email and
  • telephone details.

Place of Employment

One of our members recently received an email from the AG’s department who had been notified by their new employer that they were now working with them. The AG’s emailed to remind the FDRP that they have to let the AG’s Department know if their employment changes.

If you start working or contracting with a FDR service make sure that you send an email to the Practitioners Registration Department of the Australian Attorney Generals Department.

The other obligations include;

A suitable complaint’s mechanism

If you have recently joined Mediation Institute we will have prompted you to let the AG’s department know that Mediation Institute is your approved external complaints mechanism that can be used by your clients.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

If you have changed your insurer you must let the Attorney Generals know who you are insured with.

Professional Development Requirements

Remember that as well as your 25 hours of professional development with your NMAS Accreditation (if you are a NMAS Mediator) you also have to undertake at least 24 hours of professional development activities for every two years of accreditation.

You should have a good overlap between your NMAS and FDR requirements and if you engage with our professional development activities you will easily exceed these requirements.

  • Check out our events calendar for regular and special event webinars.
  • Offer to host a webinar on a suitable topic (3 hours of CPD for a 1 hour webinar to allow for preparation)
  • Participate as a role player, co-mediator or mentor in a student role play (contact us for access to the role play scheduler)

Ceasing practice and other changes

Keep this department up to date if you cease to practice as an FDR practitioner and anything else relevant to your accreditation.

Read this – https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Families/FamilyDisputeResolution/Pages/Foraccreditedfamilydisputeresolutionpractitioners.aspx

Webinar | From the trenches – using restorative conferencing practices to repair high conflict family disputes

From the trenches – using restorative conferencing practices to repair high conflict family disputesWebinars

Entrenched and unresolved family law disputes can result in years of ongoing, destructive expansive, and protracted disputes, and years of recidivism in formal court processes and in community service agencies – particularly at family dispute resolution services. These unrelenting conflicts can damage families, destructively impacting healthy social, emotional, physical and psychological development, and eroding energies of children and adults. Additionally, these families pay a personal high price for this unrelenting acrimony and the social cost for the community is dear.

Providing family dispute resolution processes to resolve disputes is powerful, effective and impactful. As a professional industry, we need new, thoughtful and creative practices focussed on addressing these unmet, unaddressed and unresolved needs. Yet for some who remain hooked into their narratives and battles, they need a way of disengaging, particularly from their negative relationship, emotions and behaviour.

Restorative engagement practices provide a forum to effect recovery and build insights into behaviour. Guided by trauma-informed practices, these restorative processes enable a gradual redrafting of the narrative into a new story. Paralleling family dispute resolution processes alongside restorative engagement processes allows the illumination of practices, processes and facilitative strategies and tools. This engenders the evolution of an emerging model that borrows from both disciplines that can generate a shift and emergence into a new narrative.

This presentation brings together two streams of practice and will refer to the specific clinical practice that Jodie Grant was engaged in.

Presenter: Jodie Grant


Jodie has accreditations as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (AGD), Mediator (under the NMAS) and is a Restorative Engagement Facilitator with the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce.

Jodie is currently Program Leader – Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation Education, Relationships Australia Victoria (Inc.). Her teaching focuses on the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution which equips participants with the skills required to be a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) and eligible to accredit and register with the Attorney General’s department, and the 5 day Mediation course which equips participants to be nationally accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

Her background is as a Social Worker working primarily with Melbourne’s homeless populations in the inner city for nearly 10 years. She attained her Masters of Conflict Resolution, initially working as a Family Law Mediator/Conciliator at Catholic Care. Jodie has worked simultaneously in both training and clinical roles for Relationships Australia (Vic.) (RAV) for the past 13 years. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Masters of Conflict Resolution (specialising in Family Law Mediation), Vocational Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Webinar information

Registration and login details

Detailed login information will be emailed to registrants as soon as the registration process is completed.


If you are unable to attend the event, this session will be recorded and all registered participants will receive access to the recording 5 working days after the event. You will have access to the recording until 31 December 2017.


This event will contribute 1 hour of CPD under the NMAS and Resolution Institute mediation accreditation schemes.

Technology required: Zoom application, PC/laptop/tablet/smartphone, sound/speakers or a headset.


Exploring the developing landscape for resolving family disputes out of court

Exploring the developing landscape for resolving family disputes out of court

Wednesday 21 June, Melbourne

Changes to the legislation around pre-action procedures, funding cuts resulting in large court lists, and lengthy delays for final hearings, means that parties to family disputes are seriously considering options for resolution out of court. Choosing from the various alternatives requires a good understanding of the different pathways, their strengths and pitfalls, and an ability to match individual needs to the best options for them at that time.

Join your Mediation & Facilitative Special Interest Group and our panel of speakers to discuss what these different choices might mean for your clients. We will consider location, cost, referral, legal and other support, process, and other factors that may assist in determining which of these options are more suitable for each case.


Need help REGISTERING >>? Please contact the Resolution Institute office on (02) 9251 3366.

About our presenters

About the Chair

Nussen Ainsworth is a legal academic and mediator. He is an LIV accredited specialist in mediation, NMAS accredited mediator and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. He is a lecturer and is the coordinator of the ADR unit at the College of Law and Justice, Victoria University. Prior to becoming an academic, Nussen practised as a solicitor at a commercial law firm in Melbourne. He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s ADR, Resolution Institute Mediation and the Magistrates’ Court Dispute Resolution Committees. He is currently completing his PhD on court-connected mediation at Monash University.

About the panel

Susan Hamilton-Green is the Principal of Creative Family Law Solutions and has over 30 years experience in family law, becoming an Accredited Family Law Specialist in 1990. She is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme and as a specialist in mediation by the Law Institute of Victoria. Susan is also a trained Arbitrator with AIFLAM and trained as a Conflict Coach. Susan is also an adjunct Lecturer with the College of Law since 2011 and provides supervision and training to family dispute resolution practitioners and junior lawyers.

Belle Lane is a Barrister at the Victorian and Western Australian Bars and is also a Solicitor in Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Belle practises in all areas of the family law and de facto jurisdictions, including pre-trial applications, trials, mediations, arbitrations, advice and paperwork. Belle is a Nationally Accredited Mediator since 2007, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Collaborative Practitioner and arbitrator. She is the Victorian Representative for the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.

Marguerite Picard is the Director of MELCA and is a Melbourne-based accredited Family Law Specialist, a collaborative lawyer and a mediator who specialises in helping couples divorce without going to Court. Marguerite established the Melbourne Collaborative Alliance, a collaborative practice with a holistic approach to divorce that utilises the adjunct services of a psychologist and a financial planner.

Ed Shackell is Practice Development Specialist-Family Law for Relationships Australia Victoria. He worked as a family lawyer for Victoria Legal Aid before turning to family mediation. He has been working as an FDRP for over 20 years and is a registered FDR practitioner with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Ed has extensive experience, supervises senior FDR practitioners and provides group supervision in FDR for all programmes run by RAV. He delivers training for the Graduate Diploma of FDR run by Relationships Australia Victoria, is involved in their current pilot project in elder mediation, and facilitates the Lawyers Panel maintained by RAV.

Event details

Date and time

Wednesday, 21 June
5.30pm Registration
5.45pm – 7.30pm Presentation
Light refreshments included


Victoria University
Lecture Theatre R0102
295 Queen St
(Enter via Little Lonsdale St)


$25 members
$35 guests
$10 students


This event will contribute 1.5 hour of CPD under the NMAS and the Resolution Institute mediation accreditation schemes.