Relationships Australia Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Outcomes Study

Relationships Australia (RA) is undertaking a national research project designed to generate evidence on the outcomes and efficacy of RA FDR services, in both parenting and property disputes. The study will identify variables that contribute to effective FDR outcomes, as well as the barriers to reaching durable agreements.

A major component of this study is a nationwide survey of FDR clients. Over 2000 clients will be recruited from seven states and territories to participate in the study. These participants will complete a survey prior to commencing FDR, as well as follow-up surveys approximately 3 months and 12 months after commencing FDR. Clients will answer questions about their wellbeing, the wellbeing of their children and their relationships with their former partners (including any experience of abuse), as well as their post-separation arrangements, issues for resolution and progress towards parenting and/or property agreements.

The RA FDR Outcomes Study is jointly managed by RA Victoria and RA Queensland. If you would like more information about the study, please contact:

Dr Genevieve Heard
Senior Researcher
Relationships Australia Victoria
Ph: (03) 8573 2216
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Dr Aditi Lohan
Senior Research Officer
Relationships Australia Queensland
Ph: (07) 3423 6904
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Project updates

December 2017

Participant recruitment for the RA FDR Outcomes Study has now finished in all states. Approximately 1,700 FDR clients from around the country agreed to participate by completing the first (Time 1) survey.

Members of the research team have now commenced follow-up (Time 2) surveys by email or phone, depending on client preference. So far, we have collected nearly 200 Time 2 responses.

Many thanks to all participants for their valuable contribution!

July 2017

Recruitment has now commenced at RA centres in the ACT, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Each state and territory will continue to collect responses for a period of three months.

Future developments

  • Preliminary analysis of results will commence in early 2018.

Relationships Australia State and Territory websites