Culturally Appropriate Mediation (CWA-FDR)

Culturally Appropriate Mediation (CWA-FDR)

What is Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)?

FDR aims to help separating couples reach agreements that are in the best interests of their children. This may be an alternative to going to Family Court.

What is Case Worker Assisted Family Dispute Resolution? (CWA-FDR)?

  • CWA-FDR is a culturally supportive FDR process offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who have separated or are in the process of separating. This service also extends to Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander grandparents and family who wish to reconnect with children.
  • FDR sessions are managed by an independent and specially trained FDR practitioner or mediator.

Who is CWA-FDR for?

  • Aborginial and Torres Strait Islander parents (at least one parent) who have separated or are in the process of separating
  • For families with children under the age of 18 years
  • Where there has been a history of Family and Domestic Violence

Where is CWA-FDR offered?

At the Perth Family Relationship Centre located at Sheffield House, 713 Hay St, Perth WA 6000.

As a CWA-FDR client, you will receive:

Caseworker Support:

  • Your caseworker will meet with you and provide you with culturally sensitive support throughout the process.


  • You will be provided with information on the FDR process, rights of children and parent's responsibilities.


  • You can be linked into appropriate services such as community support,counselling and legal advice.

Individual and Joint sessions

  • Sessions with a FDR practitioner to gather information and develop a parenting plan.

How do I get more information about this service?

You can call the Perth Family Relationships Centre on 6164 0300 or ask someone else to call for you. 

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