Arbitration Training Course

Friday 19 April 2024

Online Via Zoom

About the course 

The course is designed to help participants develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct Family Law Arbitration with confidence and professionalism.

Over the course of the program, participants will:

  • Discover the essentials of arbitration—what it is and what it is not, the rules and statutory basis of Family Law Arbitration and how it fits into the family law dispute resolution system.
  • Develop skills in conducting arbitration, including how to prepare for arbitration, managing the arbitration process and award writing.

Successful completion of the course will entitle attendees to be listed as a Family Law Arbitrator pursuant to Regulation 67B of the Family Law Regulations.

This course is open to AIFLAM Members and Members of the Legal Profession generally.

Pursuant to the Family Law Regulations 1984, prerequisites for attending the course are that you are a legal practitioner, and either:

a) you have practiced for at least 5 years with at least 25% of your work in that time being in relation to family law matters; or 

b) you are accredited as a family law specialist by a State or Territory legal professional body.

AIFLAM prefers that participants have completed the AIFLAM mediation training program before completing the arbitration component.  However, this is not a pre-requisite.

Having regard to those requirements, when enrolling provide us with the following current information/documents: 

  1. Date of admission
  2. Statutory Declaration that you have practiced for at least 5 years with at least 25% of your work in that time being in relation to family law matters, or a copy of your current certification as an Accredited Specialist in family law from a State or Territory legal professional body
  3. Evidence of Current Professional Indemnity Insurance cover.

19 April 2024

Online via Zoom

1 hour = 1 point
Up to 6 hours 

Our Facilitators

Martin Bartfeld AM KC 

Martin graduated from Monash University with a B. Juris., LL B. in 1973. He was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1974 and commenced to practise as a solicitor on his own account in Hawthorn in 1975 until signing the Roll of Counsel in 1986. He was admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales in 1987. He was appointed as a Queens Counsel in Victoria in 1998.

He practises in Family Law and Domestic Relationships matters in the Family Law Courts and in the Supreme Courts of the States and Territories. He frequently presents papers at seminars and conferences and has written on issues relating to Family Law in professional journals.

He was the chairman of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria from 1983 to 1985. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Australia Journal of Family Law.  He was a member of the executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia between 2000 and 2012. He was chairman of the Section in 2005.  He is a former Board member of AIFLAM – Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators and is currently involved in the continuing education of Arbitrators around Australia on behalf of AIFLAM.

Martin was awarded an AM in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The Hon Justice Brasch 

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1).   

Andrew Davies

Andrew graduated from the University of Western Australia with a B. Juris and LLB and was subsequently admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. Andrew has been practising Family Law for over 30 years and is nationally accredited as a Family Law Specialist, mediator and arbitrator.

Andrew has presented numerous papers and lectures at state, national and international conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Murdoch University Law School. He is also a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner registered with the Attorney General’s Department (FDRP), a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), former Chair of the Family Law & Family Rights Section of LawAsia and current Chair of Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM).

Andrew is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

The Hon. Steven Strickland KC

Steven graduated from the University of Adelaide with an Honours Degree in Law in 1972, and in 1979 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of British Columbia. He practiced as a Barrister and Solicitor until 1984 when he joined the independent Bar, and in 1988 he was appointed QC. 

In 1999 he was appointed a Judge of the Family Court of Australia, and in 2009 was assigned to the Appeal Division of that Court. From 2019 Steven was the administrative head of the Appeal Division until his retirement as a Judge on 20 November 2021.

Steven was a member of the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia from 1994 until 1998 when he became Chair of the Section. He qualified as an Arbitrator in 1996 and was a Director of AIFLAM from 1998 until his retirement as a Judge. 

He has continued as Chair of the Arbitration Committee of AIFLAM, and he is an NMAS accredited Mediator. He is also the President of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.  Steven is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide and Southern Cross University. 

Since his retirement as a Judge, Steven has returned to practice as a Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator and Consultant. 

Separately, Steven is a member of the National Sports Tribunal, and a Commissioner with the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Adelaide Football League.

All prices include GST



Includes Membership to 30 June 2020
Includes registration to attend the arbitrabffhgftion seminar & the 



Includes Membership to 30 June 2024
Includes registration to rattend the arbitration seminar & the post 



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