Overview

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Gain the skills and accreditation needed to become a nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), or both.

Mediators use a structured negotiation process and conflict resolution skills to resolve disputes in diverse areas, including in legal, consumer, building and construction, workplace, education, neighbourhood and health provider settings.

Family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) work with separating families to resolve issues relating to children, property and finances.

Who should participate

The courses you need to complete depends on the type of accreditation you are seeking. For full details of the course content see the details tab.

I want to mediate civil disputes

You should complete course 1 (LWN206 Mediation) if you want to mediate in a civil area of the law, or if you are planning on using your mediation and conflict resolution skills to assist to resolve disputes in a range of contexts, such as in building and construction, consumer, workplace, education or health provider settings.

I want to be nationally accredited

National accreditation is required or is an advantage for people seeking to mediate for some courts, tribunals, government departments and specialist mediation panels.

You need to complete courses 1 and 2 and pass your national mediation assessment on the second day of course 2. You must complete the 2-day national mediation assessment course within a 24 month period, as is a requirement of the National Mediation Approval Standards. You then apply to an accrediting body for nationally accreditation.

This accreditation scheme is overseen by the National Mediator Standards Board. To become accredited you will be responsible for your application, mediator insurance and any other costs. To retain your national accreditation you will generally need to complete 25 hours of co-mediation or conciliation and 25 hours of continuing professional development in each 2 year cycle.

I want to become an accredited FDRP

FDRPs mediate parenting disputes between separated couples and can issue s60I certificates. They may also mediate property and financial issues. The FDRP accreditation process is overseen by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Entry to these courses is available if you meet one of these criteria:

  • you hold an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in law, psychology, social work, conflict management, dispute resolution, family law mediation or equivalent
  • you hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)
  • you hold the mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package(CHC)
  • you can provide documented evidence of previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills.

Delivery

Where:

Courses

QUT Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane
Qld 4001

When:

I want to mediate civil disputes
Course numberName Dates and times Registration status
1 Mediation (LWN206)

5 days, 8.45am-5pm each day, on:

  • 20-24 February 2019
  • 10-14 July 2019
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2 National mediation assessment

2 days, 8.45am-5pm each day, on:

  • 17-18 March 2019
  • 3-4 August 2019

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I want to become an accredited FDRP
Course numberName Dates and times Registration status
1 Mediation (LWN206)

5 days, 8.45am-5pm each day, on:

  • 20-24 February 2019
  • 10-14 July 2019
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2 National mediation assessment

2 days, 8.45am-5pm each day, on:

  • 17-18 March 2019
  • 3-4 August 2019
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3 Family dispute resolution (LWN204)

5 days, 8.45am-5pm each day, on:

  • 1-5 April 2019

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4 Case management (LWN209)

5 days, 8.45am-5pm each day, on:

  • 19-23 August 2019
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Entry on basis of national accreditation

If you are seeking entry to the FDR courses based on the basis of national mediation accreditation and are not yet nationally accredited you will need to complete course 1 and 2 before undertaking the further courses.

Cost

2019 fees:

  • Mediation: $2,900 each
  • National mediation assessment course: $1,900
  • Family dispute resolution: $2,900
  • Case management: $2,900

This program is exempt from GST.

QUT staff, student and alumni discount

QUT staff, students and alumni receive a 10% discount on Mediation (course 1),  National mediation assessment (course 2), Family dispute resolution (course 3), and Case management (course 4). Please contact QUTeX before registering to get a discount code to use at time of registration.

Advanced standing (credit) eligibility

Continuing professional development (CPD) points

Solicitors and barristers may receive continuing professional development (CPD) points for each course. Contact the Queensland Law Society or the Bar Association to find out how many CPD points they will allocate.

If you're registered to take a course as CPD , you must attend all classes and complete all online modules, where relevant. The mediation accreditation requirements will only be satisfied by 100% class attendance and 100% of online completion, where relevant.

Advanced standing for university study

If you complete these courses as a QUTeX short course participant, you won't be eligible for advanced standing (credit) towards postgraduate study at QUT.

You can complete Mediation (course 1) and the National Mediation Assessment course (combined in LWN206), Family dispute resolution (LWN204), Case management (LWN209), and Family Mediation Practice (LWN210) as units in our Master of Laws or Master of Applied Law or as a single-unit study student.

Contact

For information about the courses, contact the course lecturer, Donna Cooper.

For more information about registration or payments queries, contact the QUTeX team.


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Presenters and supervisors

Our presenters combine teaching and academic experience with industry experience. All of our presenters and mediation coaches are currently practicing as mediators.

Our mediation courses are presented by:

  • Donna Cooper LLB (QUT), LLM (QUT)
  • Brad Lewis BSc/ BA (Griffith)
  • Linda Kochanksi LLB (UQ), GDipLegPrac (QUT)

Our FDRP supervisors and mediation coaches include:

Resources

You will receive access to online teaching facilities, the QUT Library and QUT Law Library.

Course outlines and prerequisites

Course 1: Mediation (LWN206)

Prerequisites

None.

Course details

The course content includes how to:

  • conduct a facilitative mediation process
  • encourage option generation and exploration
  • facilitate interest-based negotiations
  • improve your communication and conflict resolution skills

Course 2: National mediator assessment course

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Mediation (course 1) Or

Successful completion of course 1 and courses 3 and 4

Course details

You will complete:

  • one day of intensive practice including oral and written feedback from nationally accredited coaches
  • a second day of practice and one assessment as a mediator under the national accreditation standards.

After successfully completing Mediation course 1 and courses 3 and 4 and passing your national mediation assessment, you will be eligible to apply to become a nationally accredited mediator with an organisation such as the Bar Association, Queensland Law Society, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute, provided you pay the requisite fees and satisfy the the additional requirements of the particular organisation, including holding current mediator insurance.

Course 3: Family dispute resolution (LWN204)

Prerequisites

This study is only open to people who have completed Mediation (course 1) and meet one of the following criteria:

  • hold an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in law, psychology, social work, conflict management, dispute resolution, family law mediation or equivalent
  • hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)
  • hold the mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC)
  • can provide documented evidence of previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills.
Course details

This course includes:

  • how to conduct an effective intake process
  • facilitating the mediation process in children's cases
  • family dynamics
  • how to encourage parents to enter into child-focused and developmentally-appropriate parenting arrangements
  • managing power imbalances
  • domestic violence and child protection issues.

Course 4: Case management (LWN209)

Pre-requisites

You must have completed:

  • Mediation (course 1)
  • Family Dispute Resolution (course 3).
Course details

This course consolidates your knowledge and skills in family dispute resolution and working with families in conflict. You'll participate in simulated intake and suitability assessments and family dispute resolution processes including in parenting and financial cases.

The final 20 hours of supervised practice can be completed by organising your own placement which must be approved by the QUT Law School.

Register your interest

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Payment

When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for QUTeX courses.

FEE-HELP is only available if you enroll in these units under Master of Laws or Master of Applied Law.

Cancellation

To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing QUTeX.

If you cancel 10 business days before the course commences, you will receive a partial refund, i.e. full amount minus a non-refundable $100 registration fee. No registration refunds will be made after this time.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.