Family Relationship Centres
There are 65 community resource centres, Family Relationships Centres (FRCs), across Australia, funded by the Government and operated by consortia of leading family relationships services providers.
Relationships Australia State and Territory organisations, along with our consortium partners, operate many of the Family Relationship Centres across the country.
What is a Family Relationship Centre?
A Family Relationship Centre is a place where all Australian families can go to access information and advice on:
- building and strengthening existing relationships
- early intervention and prevention services
- child-friendly services for families in conflict
- family dispute resolution services
- parenting plans
- re-partnering and stepfamily arrangements
- child-focused workshops and information and referral
- child-inclusive workshops.
Family Relationship Centres offer a range of services and programs, which are aimed at families at all stages of their life, including people starting relationships, those wanting to make their relationships stronger, those having relationship difficulties and those affected when families separate. The Centres encourage separating parents to focus strongly on the needs of their children.
The Family Relationship Centres offer individual and joint sessions to assist separating families to create workable parenting arrangements for their children. They also offer group information sessions and workshops on a range of practical topics to assist families.
All Centres work collaboratively with, and provide referrals to, a variety of other services, matching the needs of the family or individuals to appropriate services.
The services at the Centres are funded by the Australia Government.
- Centres will provide individual advice free of charge. Centres will provide up to three hours of joint dispute resolution sessions (such as mediation) free of charge.
- If further joint sessions are needed families may continue at the Family Relationship Centre or accept a referral to another service.
- Centres may charge fees after the first three hours of joint sessions. Any fees will take into account the family’s ability to pay. In some cases fees will be waived.
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