Victorian Family Law Pathways Network
For professionals working in the family law system
CatholicCare is funded to manage the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network in Greater Melbourne. The Network coordinates services offered to separating families through collaboration and information sharing between organisations and professionals who work with these affected families.
What is the Family Law Pathways Network?
The Family Law system depends on cooperation between entities including the Family Law Courts, government agencies and departments, the legal profession, the research sector and community service providers such as police, drug and alcohol, mental health, family violence and Indigenous services.
The Family Law Pathways Network is an initiative of the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department to establish a coordinated network of professionals working in the family law system.
There are over 30 networks across Australia. In Victoria, there are six: Ballarat, Barwon-South West, Gippsland, Greater Melbourne, Shepparton-Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga – known collectively as the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network (VFLPN).
Each network is made up of a group of multi-disciplinary professionals aiming to improve collaboration between organisations and individuals operating in the family law system.
Network members include:
- allied workers that support families with children
- court officers
- family dispute resolution practitioners
What are the goals of the network?
Separating families often face a range of problems and need legal and non-legal advice and support. By encouraging professionals to work together and learn and share information, the network aims to:
- dispel professional myths and break down barriers to collaboration;
- improve coordination between organisations operating in the family law system; and
- cultivate a shared understanding of professional roles within the sector.
What are the benefits of participating in the network?
Network members can:
- gain an understanding of programs, services, aims, challenges and approaches of practitioners working in different areas of the family law
- give feedback on the network’s services and activities
- learn about the latest research, collaborative projects and developments in family law
- meet other service providers in person and develop professional contacts at our events
- take part in professional development and training activities