The Family Law Act takes the view that parenting is the responsibility in most cases of both parents. Parents should seek to reach agreement with each other on major issues affecting their children. If you cannot reach agreement you should consider using a family dispute resolution practioner to help resolve any dispute. The Family Law Act provides it is a requirement before making an application to the court in most cases that there be a genuine attempt at family dispute resolution.
The Australian Government has established Sixty-five Family Relationship Centres throughout Australia as a source of information and confidential assistance for families at all stages in their lives. Centres have a focus on providing family dispute resolution (mediation) to enable separating families achieve workable parenting arrangements outside the Court system. The Centres are funded by the Australian Government. Click the Link for South Australia
There are also non government and private family dispute resolution practioners and your family lawyer can help you find an experienced family dispute resolution practioner
If agreement cannot be reach with the assistance of a family dispute resolution practioneraseek advise from an experienced family lawyer who can work with you to explore other dispute resolution options including Collaborative Practice and Court process.