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 SAFLPN 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 SAFLPN 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:

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee consists of the representatives of organisations elected 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.

The SAFLPN membership

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.

The SA Family Law Pathways Network has also developed a specialised 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.

The broader network

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.

Current Steering Committee Members

Graham Russell (Chair)
Head of Family Law Policy and Programs, Legal Services Commission SA

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

Michelle Ford
Senior Coordinator/Project Officer, SA Family Law Pathways

Michael Hawke
Manager Family Relationships, Anglicare SA

Jacinta Richards
Child Court Expert, Child Court Services, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

Virginia Leeuwenburg
Executive General Manager, Relationships Australia SA

Sharon Lucas
Duty Solicitor, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement

Helen McMullan
Service Manager Family Relationships Centre Noarlunga, Uniting Communities

Lisa Osborne
Executive Manager, Centacare Catholic Family Services

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

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