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Pre-Marriage Education Programs

Preparing couples for marriage

Pre-marriage education programs aim to support couples as they prepare for marriage. 

Our pre-marriage education programs are led by qualified, experienced adult educators with knowledge of relationship theory.

Couples learn how to:

  • build skills to navigate and manage conflict
  • discuss the challenges that they may face and plan positive ways to respond
  • explore their relationship’s strengths and differences
  • find ways to grow their friendship
  • think creatively about a vision for the future and the marriage they want to build

We offer three Pre-Marriage Education programs: Partnerships, The2ofUs, and FOCCUS.

Partnerships

Partnerships is held in a group setting with no more than 14 couples per group. It is led by two facilitators and each course runs for a total of nine hours over two sessions (7pm to 9.30pm on a weeknight + 10am to 4.30pm on a weekend).

There are 25 Partnerships courses held across the year held in East Melbourne.
This course is recommended for couples living in Melbourne.


Fees

Partnerships costs $330 per couple. 


Cancellations

  • An $80 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations with more than 10 days notice.
  • A $155 cancellation fee applies to to all cancellations with less than 10 days notice.
  • A $60 transfer fee applies if a couple wishes to transfer into a different program time or venue. 

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The 2ofUS - Gippsland couples

The 2ofUS is a program held in a group setting with no more than eight couples per group. It is led by two facilitators and is held over one day between 9.30am and 5pm.

There are five The 2ofUS courses held across the year held in Warragul. It is due to this small availability that priority will be given to couples living in Gippsland.

If you are living in Melbourne, please CALL US on (03) 9287 5555 to see if there is a spot available for you. We recommend the Partnerships course above for all Melbourne couples.


Fees 

The 2ofUS costs $255 per couple.


Cancellations

  • An $80 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations with more than 10 days notice.
  • A $155 cancellation fee applies to to all cancellations with less than 10 days notice.
  • A $60 transfer fee applies if a couple wishes to transfer into a different program time or venue. 

MAKE A BOOKING 

FOCCUS

FOCCUS is a pre-marriage education program for individual couples to reflect on their relationship in a private, confidential setting. Couples complete an online inventory then work through their responses with a qualified Facilitator over three one-hour sessions.

The setting allows couples to talk about their strengths and discuss the challenges they may face as their relationship evolves.

FOCCUS runs from several locations across Melbourne and Gippsland.


Fees

FOCCUS costs $360 per couple (if both are employed) or $310 per couple if one or both is unemployed or a student. 


Cancellations

  • An $85 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations with more than 10 days notice.
  • A $170 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations with less than 10 days notice.
  • A $65 transfer fee applies if a couple wishes to change one or more FOCCUS appointments. 


Locations

FOCCUS runs from several locations across Melbourne and Gippsland. To book, please phone the location convenient to you: 

  • Dandenong | 03 8710 9600
  • East Melbourne | 03 9287 5516
  • Epping | 03 8468 1305
  • Footscray | 03 9689 3888
  • Geelong | 03 5221 7055
  • Ivanhoe | 03 9287 5516 
  • Mitcham | 03 9287 5516
  • Pakenham | 1800 522 076
  • Warragul | 1800 522 076

Cancellations

If you cancel an appointment that included the use of an interpreter, the cancellation fees applied by TIS National will be passsed on to you. See www.tisnational.gov.au for more information. 

More information

View the Marriage and Relationship Education brochure on our Publications page. 

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