The Illawarra and Southern Highlands Family Law Pathways Networks (‘ISHFLPN’) aims to support practitioners to work collaboratively, maintain strong working relationships and develop appropriate referral mechanisms to assist separating or separated families navigate the broader Family Law system in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands regions.
Our Network covers the Illawarra region in New South Wales, from Helensburg in the North to Shellharbour in the South, and the Southern Highlands region in New South Wales, from Balmoral in the North to Wingello in the South.
Our Network is managed by a local steering committee which draws expertise across government, non-government and legal organisations to serve our Networks 250+ member organisations and professionals. Members comprise of family relationship services, the family courts, legal services, government agencies, private practitioners in both legal and non-legal sectors and other related community-based organisations such as family violence services,and men’s and women’s behaviour change groups.
Each year the Network, under the direction of its steering committee and project officer, coordinates 3 – 4 professional development events such as seminars, workshops, training days and conferences. Most events, many of which are free or subsidised by the Government, attract professional development points.
The Network has developed and launched an electronic directory of services featuring local family law service providers listing details for both legal and non-legal service providers working with families in crisis. The service directory can be found on the Network website and can also be accessed by downloading the Network’s free phone application. You can learn more about the Network, the free directory of services, the free phone application, join the Network* and gain access to free online resources by visiting our website.
*Membership to the Network is restricted to professionals working with families and not open to the wider public