Dr Andrew Bickerdike was appointed as a part-time ALRC Commissioner in June 2018, to the Review of the Family Law System.

Dr Andrew Bickerdike is CEO of Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) and Board Chair of Relationships Australia National. He holds tertiary qualifications in both economics and psychology and a Doctorate in Dispute Resolution. Andrew has experience and specialist training in individual, marital and family therapy, and family dispute resolution and has practiced as a mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner for over 20 years. Andrew is a former member of NADRAC (National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council) and current member of its successor, ADRAC (Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council). He is also a Director of the Mediations Standards Board and a foundation Board member of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Andrew has a particular interest in research and evaluation and has initiated and implemented many research projects examining the efficacy of family services programs, and in particular mediation services, in the naturalistic setting. These have resulted in many conference papers and journal articles addressing the evidence for effective practice in counselling, family violence prevention and mediation services. He is an Industry Partner in three recent large Australian Research Council Linkage research projects. One of these is examining the effects of family violence on the process and outcome of family dispute resolution, including the tools and processes used for screening and risk assessment. Collectively these research activities have attracted national and international interest and have influenced the design of models of practice.

Published on 29 June 2018.