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Interrelate Ltd

Suite 423, 14-16 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista
NSW, Australia

Phone: 02 8882 7800
Web Site: www.interrelate.org.au

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Trainee Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner & General Mediator - First Nations


Job Description:

Seeking a dedicated First Nations Trainee Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of families and providing a child inclusive mediation practice.
  • Work closely with First Nations communities and families
  • Permanent Full-time position based in Dubbo
  • Interrelate will pay for the course qualification costs


 A fantastic opportunity has become available for a First Nations identified candidate to come board in the position of a Trainee Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner & General Mediator. We are seeking a dedicated person who is willing to study and work towards making a difference in the lives of families and providing a child inclusive mediation practice.

With Interrelate covering the course fee, this is a great opportunity for you to get your foot in the door of an established not-for-profit organisation with an award-winning culture.

This position with direct supervision will undertake on the job training and is required to observe and assist qualified FDRPs in their delivery of family dispute resolution, mediation services and child inclusive practice; including intake assessments, and parenting agreements under the jurisdiction of the Family Law Act.


Permanent full-time role, working 37.5 hours per week and will be based at our Dubbo Family Relationship Centre with some flexibility to do some work from home.

The successful applicant will be required to have access to their own vehicle. The hourly rate as a Trainee is $36.32 plus super.

Ongoing employment in this role is based upon the successful completion of and obtaining relevant tertiary qualifications and accreditation with the Attorney General’s Department as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

This position has been identified as a role requiring a First Nations worker to work closely with the local community and support the Organisation through the provision of information and advice related to working with First Nations communities.



Interrelate is a not-for-profit provider of relationship services. Our vision is to empower people to thrive in the most vital part of their lives – their relationships. We are committed to leading the way in providing responsive, cutting edge, transformative relationship services with and for our diverse communities, at every stage of life.

We are committed to responding to the vulnerabilities of families and children in their communities and to building stronger relationships. 

We deliver services spread across 30+ physical locations (plus online) to more than 135,000 clients and we’re backed by qualified staff and 96 years of trusted expertise in sensitive relationship matters.

We are thrilled to be recognised as a winner of XREF Engage 2023 Best Workplace Awards for 2 surveys in a row. This prestigious award recognises the best workplaces that have excellent management practices and a highly engaged workforce.  At Interrelate, we care about each other, focus on strengths, recognise achievements, celebrate significant events, encourage continuous learning and most importantly, enjoy our work despite the seriousness of what we do.



We offer the following competitive employment conditions:

  • Salary Sacrificing and Packaging Options (superannuation, loans, credit cards, school fees)
  • Additional days of paid leave on top of standard leave entitlements
  • Training, Mentoring, Supervision and access to Resources
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Opportunities for multi-skilling and up-skilling
  • High level of diversity in the role
  • Excellent working environment

Job Requirements:

Eligibility to enrol in an approved dispute resolution/mediation/conciliation course that leads to qualification as a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and General Mediator.

Please note: The successful applicant will need to be eligible to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution through the Mediation Institute. Interrelate will be paying for this course. This eligibility criteria can be found here: https://www.mediationinstitute.edu.au/chc8115-grad-dip-family-dispute-resolution/

If you have any questions around your eligibility, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, we are looking for candidates with strong skills in conflict management, interpersonal skills, communication, writing, relationship building skills and ethics.


  • First Nations background (Interrelate considers that being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification under section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, NSW)
  • Eligibility to enrol in an approved dispute resolution/mediation/conciliation course that leads to qualification as a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (as per “Minimum Qualifications”)
  • Discuss with us your knowledge and understanding of:

         - the impact of family separation and breakdown on children

         - child development, child protection, mandatory reporting, suicide                 
           prevention/ intervention and family violence issues the issues facing
           diverse communities, including First Nations, CALD and remote communities

  • Demonstrated experience and skills in:

         - administration and organisation skills

         - working with online systems and technology


If you think this role is for you Click on Apply Now.

Please review the position description and selection criteria for the role, as well as the Candidate Information Pack, before submitting your application. You will need to submit an application electronically, and will be required to attach a copy of your resume/cv and address the selection criteria as part of your online application. 

Closing date: Wednesday, 22 May 2024


If you have any questions regarding this position, please email recruitment@interrelate.org.au or the Hiring Manager of the role, Nikki Wilton on 0438 673 845.

If you would like to connect with a First Nations employee, please do not hesitate to contact;

Rharnnie Groat, Practice Specialist – First Nations Services on 0475 907 004 or email rharnnie.groat@interrelate.org.au


Please note: To be considered for this vacancy you must address the requirements of this role as part of your application.

Interrelate aspires to continue to be a leader in our community, an organisation known for working respectfully with clients from all different and diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from people of diverse gender identity, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, language, socio-economic circumstances, life circumstances, beliefs, or any forms of perceived disadvantage. If you will have special requirements or would like to talk to us before submitting an application, please do not hesitate to contact us at diversity@interrelate.org.au and we will organize for you to chat with an appropriate staff member to explain how we can help you.

Interrelate acknowledges the traditional First Nations custodians of the Australian land on which it provides its services; celebrates their ongoing culture and contribution to society; and respects their elders, both past and present.


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Full time


Dubbo, NSW, Australia


Trainee Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner & General Mediator - First Nations


Entry Level, Health Care, Nonprofit-Social Services, Professional Services, Scholarship Notices




$36.32 + 11% Super per hour