25 September 2023

Relationship advice line to be family friendly

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The Attorney-General’s Department has begun the search for organisations to take over operating a $44 million advice and support service for families going through a relationship breakdown.

The Department is seeking applications from organisations that want to run the telephone service over the next five years.

Attorney-General, Christian Porter said the Family Relationship Advice Line was a national telephone service that helped families with legal and non-legal problems after separation. The service was free and available across Australia.

“The Advice Line service provides information about the family law system, parenting arrangements for children after separation, legal advice on family law issues, and offers family dispute resolution via telephone to help parents work out parenting arrangements for their children,” Mr Porter said.

“It has been helping families since 2006.”

He said family breakdown could be an extremely stressful and difficult time and ensuring families were well supported and had access to professional help through that time was important.

“In the coming months, the Government will also be seeking applications through the Community Grants Hub to renew the funding for its other crucial family law services for a five-year period,” Mr Porter said.

He said these included Family Relationship Centres, Children’s Contact Services, Family Dispute Resolution, Regional Family Dispute Resolution Services, Family Law Counselling, Parenting Orders Program and Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Program, and Supporting Children after Separation Program.

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