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Gain Accreditation as a Mediator and a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)

The Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution, suitable to both law and non-law graduates, focuses on the impact of separation and divorce on families, as well as the management and resolution of post-separation parenting and property disputes.   

The program covers both the theory and practice of family dispute resolution to ensure that graduates have a deep knowledge base, and sophisticated skill set, for practising as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).

The program will be of interest to non-law graduates who are professionals working in psychology and social work, such as counsellors, social workers and psychologists, who wish to enhance their theoretical knowledge and develop their family dispute resolution process skills and strategies.  The program will also be of interest to law graduates who are practising in family law and related areas.

The Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution is ideal for anyone who wishes to become an accredited FDRP as it satisfies the requirements for accreditation through the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS) as well as the requirements for registering as an FDRP with the Federal Attorney General's Department

Key features

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for national accreditation as a Mediator with the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) under the National Mediator Accreditation Systems.
  • Graduates are eligible for accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) with the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department.
  • The course includes practical training that incorporates the required 50 hours of training for FDRP accreditation purposes.
  • The course is taught by experienced family dispute resolution practitioners and mediators.
  • A flexible learning environment is provided.

About the program

The Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution (LLM (FDR)) is a postgraduate program offered by the Faculty of Law, which, on completion may also lead to national mediation accreditation and family dispute resolution practitioner registration. The subjects offered as part of the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution run in conjunction with the Dispute Resolution Centre which is recognised as a leader in mediation excellence. Show more

The Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution (LLM (FDR)) is a postgraduate program offered by the Faculty of Law, which, on completion may also lead to national mediation accreditation and family dispute resolution practitioner registration. The subjects offered as part of the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution run in conjunction with the Dispute Resolution Centre which is recognised as a leader in mediation excellence. Graduates of this program will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding of the ethical principles as required by the National Mediator Accreditation System and will also have completed subjects that satisfy the six core competencies prescribed under the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. The Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution focuses on family law, family dispute resolution and other relevant dispute resolution processes, as well as the social, psychological and other implications related to the impact of separation and divorce on families and the positive resolution of post-separation parenting and property disputes. The program develops advanced legal research and writing skills and enhances the ability of students to critically evaluate complex legal issues within the context of mediation and family dispute resolution Show less

ModeMixed Mode
Duration4 semesters (1 year 4 months)
Starting semesters
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study area
Program codeLA-43062
CRICOS codeThis program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa.
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution is a four semester, 80 credit points part-time postgraduate program that combines Master of Laws dispute resolution law subjects relevant to family dispute resolution, and that satisfies the requirements for accreditation as a national mediator and a family dispute resolution practitioner.  

The program will consist of 8 compulsory law subjects worth 10 credit points each which can be completed over four semesters part-time.  Students can start in September and January of each year.  The course will be delivered in mixed mode delivery.   View the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution Program Structure and Sequencing for all semesters.

LAWS77-801: Mediation Practice 1
LAWS77-802 Mediation Practice 2
LAWS77-803 Family Dispute Resolution Practice 1
LAWS77-804 Family Dispute Resolution Practice 2
LAWS77-773 Dispute Resolution: Theories and Principles
LAWS77-772 Dispute Resolution: Practice and Procedure
LAWS77-808 Negotiation in Family Dispute Resolution
LAWS77-809 Vulnerable Parties in Family Dispute Resolution

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $10,500 per semester (based on 2 subjects per semester)

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $42,000
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $42,480

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Qualification Framework Level 7 equivalent bachelor's degree in either law, psychology, social work, conflict management, mediation, or dispute resolution from an approved institution.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to how to apply.

Future outcomes

A Master of Laws in FDR is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree that will hone existing skills, extend your interests, enhance employment opportunities and increase your potential for achieving high-level success in the mediation and FDR professions. Completing a Master of Laws at Bond University will broaden your knowledge and extend your independent, critical thinking, and research skills, enabling you to reach very high standards of professional practice. The advanced knowledge and skills that you will obtain through completing this degree will contribute to your ability to practice in a way that will achieve high-level impact and excellence.  Further, studying a Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution will equip you for practice in the increasingly interconnected globalised dispute resolution profession.  

Successful completion of the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution will allow you to gain accreditation Mediator through the National Mediations Standards Board (NMAS) and a FDR practitioner with the Federal Attorney General's Department

The Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution will equip graduates with the necessary qualifications to apply to the relevant accreditation bodies for accreditation.  This is a process managed by individual graduates.

Graduates can work as a:

  • Mediator
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Conflict Resolution Professional

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