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New Family dispute resolution practitioner accreditation

Family dispute resolution practitioner accreditation
This is a media release issued by Attorney-General Robert McClelland

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced a new accreditation system for family dispute resolution practitioners.

"The Rudd Government is committed to supporting separating families to resolve their disputes about children outside the courts wherever possible," Mr McClelland said.

"This includes ensuring that family dispute resolution practitioners have the skills required to help separating families avoid the pain, delays and expense of litigation".

From 1 July 2009 all practitioners will need to meet key competencies, including knowledge about how to:
  • Respond to family and domestic violence in family work;
  • Create a supportive environment for the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution;
  • Operate in a family law environment.
"Violence against women and children can never be tolerated. This new accreditation system will ensure practitioners have the tools to deal with the complex needs of separating families, including appropriate responses to domestic violence," Mr McClelland said.

"The Rudd Government will provide financial assistance to help registered family dispute resolution practitioners meet the new standards."

All registered practitioners and those who register under the current system by 28 February 2009 will be eligible to access subsidised assessments and training.

Training and assessments against the new accreditation standards will be delivered by registered training organisations and higher education providers.

A request for tender process will commence shortly to select providers to deliver the assessments and training for these practitioners. The tender will be available at: www.tenders.gov.au.

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