Graduate Certificate of Family Dispute Resolution

Administration and Availability Information

Course Code





Law, Business and the Creative Arts

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree, from this or another University; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Pro‐

Vice‐Chancellor of the Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative

Arts as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Family Dispute Resolution component of the joint degree, JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Synthesise complex family conflict and family violence theories and related laws for professional practice in family dispute resolution

  • Critically analyse complex family conflicts and family dispute resolution strategies, particularly in relation to domestic and family violence

  • Effectively communicate with and support people in family conflict, respond to family violence in the mediation room, and create an environment that supports the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution.

  • Autonomously reflect on and evaluate their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.

  • Exercise independent ethical judgment and initiative in family dispute resolution practice and research.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

LB5501:03 Mediation

LB5519:03 Family Dispute Resolution

LB5525:03 Conflict Analysis

LB5528:03 Advanced Family Dispute Resolution







Expected time to complete

12 months – Available part-time only

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements

Successful completion LB5501 Mediation, LB5519 Family Dispute Resolution, LB5528 Advanced Family Dispute Resolution - plus the Mediation Accreditation Workshop (professional development) plus 10 hours of supervised practice contributes to the requirements of the Federal Attorney-General as equivalent qualifications to the six compulsory units of competency for accreditation under Regulation 5(3) Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008.

One subject is also accredited by LEADR (or any other Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body) - LB5501 Mediation. This subject covers the education and training requirements of the National Mediator Accreditation Standards - students must also pass the competency-based assessment (Mediation Accreditation Workshop, professional development).

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

The maximum number of credit points to be granted as advanced standing towards postgraduate awards is as follows:

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 2 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 5 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course.

Other restrictions


Award Details

This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Conflict Management and Resolution, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.

Special Awards

Not applicable