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Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution – 2019 Intake open

Watch our new explainer video and know that additional places (compliant with current FDRP accreditation requirements) have now been added for the 2019 intake, and are filling fast. Please contact us if you are considering completing FDRP accreditation in 2019 ...read more

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Webinars 2019 Schedule released

The proposed CPD webinar program for our members is intended to cover mediation skills, practice and specific content areas. Visit our 2019 webinar program for all of your professional development needs under NMAS and FDRP Accreditation. Read More & Register ...read more
Australia’s Family Law Courts Are Crippling Families

Australia’s Family Law Courts Are Crippling Families

Family law proceedings are crippling families financially and breaking them emotionally as overburdened systems struggle to cope with a rising backlog of cases, a new book has revealed. Simone was five-years-old when her parents separated. Read more ...read more

Victoria looks to settle legal disputes online

Hopes to improve equality of access. Victorians could soon resolve civil and administrative disputes online using a new digital service offered by the state’s peak tribunal. Read more ...read more

Dispute resolution scheme “milestone”

The new dispute resolution scheme is on track to begin taking complaints at the start of November, as required financial firms have a little over a week to sign up. The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) reached a major step ...read more

Farm Debt Mediation passes Parliament

Greater protection and financial security will be provided to farmers with the Farm Debt Mediation Bill today passing through the South Australian parliament. The new legislation will enforce a mandatory mediation process before a creditor is able to foreclose on ...read more

Review of the family law system to begin after 40 years

The first full review of Australias family law system in 40 years has begun. It will be led by the Australian Law Reform Commission from October 1, Attorney-General George Brandis announced. Read more ...read more

Small Business Ombudsman launches inquiry into access to justice

Access to justice is a recurring issue for small business people who are at the wrong end of a power imbalance in dealings with big business and governments. Consumer protections don’t always apply to small businesses, which have limited options ...read more

Financial Services Ombudsman complaints surge driven by insurance and credit card disputes

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has experienced a sharp increase in disputes over the quality of advice and service customers are receiving. According to the FOS annual report, the total number of disputes across the sector jumped by 16 per ...read more

Family law could bypass judges in plan being trialed by government

Warring parents could have their disputes about children resolved by social workers, psychologists and other non-lawyers rather than judges as part of radical family law reforms being trialled by the Turnbull government. Options for further wide-reaching reforms, including a ­potential ...read more

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