About Us

The South Australian Family Law Pathways Network (SAFLPN) is a coordinated network of organisations and professionals operating in the broader family law system in South Australia. The goal of the SAFLFN is to foster dialogue and collaboration between service providers to assist separating and separated families to access services in metropolitan Adelaide, as well in larger regional centres in South Australia.

The SAFLPN is managed and coordinated by a Senior Coordinator/Project Officer who is responsible for delivering information to the network through regular communication and events. The SAFPLN also provides cross sectoral training on a regular basis and hosts events, forums, workshops and seminars to assist in information sharing and networking opportunities for the legal and non-legal sectors.

The SAFLPN aims to connect organisations, professionals and stakeholders working within the system and provide them with up to date information about family law services, including family counselling, family dispute resolution, parenting courses and other services.

The SAFLPN consists of a three tiered structure: the Steering Committee, the membership, and a broader network of family law service providers who receive and participate in regular communication:

  1. The Steering Committee consists of the representatives of organisations elected annually from the membership to guide the operation of the SAFLPN. This includes approving and managing the work plan and promoting the SAFLPN’s collaborative ethos within the broader family law sector.
  2. The SAFLPN membership consists of organisations and peak bodies operating in the sector who share the SAFLPN’s philosophy and who are committed to attending monthly meetings and contributing to the SAFLPN’s activities generally. Major activities include preparing service directories and other resources, distributing a newsletter, and hosting regular training and networking forums.
  3. The broader network is made up of a large number of individuals, professionals & stakeholders who have subscribed to our newsletters, and who are involved in or who have an interest in finding out about services and information regarding the family law system and affiliated services.

The SA Family Law Pathways Network has also developed a specialised SA Family Law Pathways Network Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sub-Committee to provide support and information for professionals who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients around the State.

Current Steering Committee Members

Graham Russell (Chair)
Manager Family Law Policy & Programs, Legal Services Commission SA

Michelle Ford (Senior Coordinator/Project Officer)
Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Relationships Australia SA

Virginia Leeuwenburg
Executive General Manager, Relationships Australia SA

Lisa Osborn
Executive Manager, Centacare Catholic Family Services

Ric Trevaskis
Regional Coordinator Child Dispute Services (SA/NT), Family Law Courts

Maxine Patrick
Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Family Relationship Centre Port Augusta

Michael Hawke
Manager Family Relationships, Anglicare SA

Ashley Kent
Manager, Family Law Practice Division, Legal Services Commission SA
(Representing the Family Law Committee, Law Society of South Australia)

Helen McMullan
Service Manager Family Relationships Centre Noarlunga, Uniting Communities

Sharon Lucas
Duty Solicitor, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement

Current SAFLPN Members

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
Anglican Community Care
Anglicare SA
Centacare Adelaide
Department of Human Services
Family Law Courts
Family Law Project
Family Relationship Centre, Port Augusta
Family Violence Legal Services, Aboriginal Corporation, SA
Federal Circuit Court Child Dispute Services
Flinders University
Grandparents for Grandchildren
Law Society SA, Family Law Committee
Legal Services Commission
Lutheran Community Care
Mellor Olsson Lawyers
Northern Community Legal Service
Relationships Australia SA
Southern Community Justice Centre
Uniting Communities 
University of South Australia
Women’s Information Service
Women’s Legal Service SA

To find out more about becoming a SAFLPN member, please send an email to the Senior Coordinator by emailing Pathways@rasa.org.au

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