Developing Family Mediation Standards: An Australian Experience.

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      With the implementation of Parts III and VII of the Family Law Act 1975, as amended in the Family Law Reform Act 1995 (effective in June 1996), there is now increased emphasis on "family and child" mediation for managing and resolving family disputes in Australia, particularly where there are disputes involving children. The author was the founding chairperson of the Family Services Council and took responsibility for coordinating and writing the first national set of family mediation standards for family and child mediators employed by organizations funded by the Attorney-General's Department of the Commonwealth of Australia. These standards were developed in close consultation with key organizations and mediators in the field. They subsequently influenced some aspects of the new Family Law Regulations (in particular Part V) for mediators operating under the Family Law Act. The Family Mediation Standards discussed in this article cover minimum standards of practice; aspirational standards; and minimum education, training, and supervision requirements for family and child mediators employed by organizations approved by the Federal Attorney-General under the Family Law Act 1975. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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