Pre-Marriage Counselling

Knowledge and understanding of family relationships services

As part of my role I must give you information about premarital counselling and education services. It is aimed to offer you the best start to your married life, ensuring you understand the wonderful but serious step you are taking, have appropriate communication and problem solving skills and understanding if for example, you are starting a blended family with children involved.

A marriage celebrant must:
(a) maintain an up-to-date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in the community; and
(b) inform parties about the range of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.
Code of Practice

The following are some pre marital counseling and education services in the area.

Relationship education providers

1. LifeWorks Relationship Counselling & Education Services
Phone: (03) 8650 6200
Level 4, 255 Bourke St,

Service outlets: Melbourne, Broadmeadows, Moonee Ponds, Preston, Wyndham.
LifeWorks Relationship Counselling and Education Services provides counselling, family dispute resolution, mediation and education for individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents.
Program Description: The Prepare-Enrich Program helps couples identify their areas of relationship strength and those which may need some attention. The program comprises an on-line questionnaire and two private sessions of approximately one and a half hours with a professional facilitator. (Following registration and discussion with the program co-ordinator, appointments will be scheduled at convenient times and places.) However, if you would prefer a private consultation, the Prepare-Enrich Program may be more suitable. For couples with a long-standing relationship, with children, different cultural backgrounds or a blended family, the individual program Prepare-Enrich is recommended.

The Prepare-Enrich program is delivered at various locations throughout metropolitan Melbourne. Special arrangements can be made for remote and regional couples to conduct the program in an online version. Please contact LifeWorks for more details.Prepare-Enrich program consultations can be conducted during the weekend and attract a $60 surcharge. Cost $295 ; $355 – weekend

2.Drummond Street Relationship Centre
Phone: (03) 9663 6733
195 Drummond St,

Drummond Street Relationship Centre is a non-denominational non-government organisation which provides relationship counselling and group work to people from diverse backgrounds. They also offer an education and training service on all aspects of relationship work.
Services include: – Family Relationship Counselling – Education and Training – Same-sex programs – Family Relationship Counselling.
Life and relationships can be hard work. Our family relationships change over time and each transition has its own adjustment issues including:making a commitment, moving in together, pre-union or marriage; reforming relationships & blended families.At times we all need help Our counsellors will facilitate a process for dealing with these difficulties constructively. Our aim is to build a support system for all the parties involved. We work at your pace.Who can benefit? Anyone who is moving into or involved in a relationship or adjusting to life after a relationship has ended. Counselling about a relationship is more helpful when both partners are present, however, you can come by yourself if your partner is unwilling or unable to attend. We can also assist parents who are worried about their children’s adjustment to your changing relationship.

Who are our relationship counsellors? Our staff consists of qualified counsellors, social workers and psychologists who are experienced relationship counsellors. They understand today’s pressures on relationships and families and are sensitive to the diversity of family types and cultures that exist.

Do I Have to Pay? Drummond street is funded by the Federal government’s Department of Family and Community Services. Fees for counselling and group work are calculated on the basis of your capacity to pay. Your income will be taken into account and those with Health Care Cards can access all services at a maximum charge of $10. Please do not let financial worries put you off.
Contacting Drummond street for assistance.Hours -We are open normal office hours. We also have an after hours service that takes into account your busy lives.No referral necessary. Contact us directly on to arrange your appointment.

3. Relationships Australia Victoria
Phone: 1300 364 277
450 Burke Road,
Camberwell, VIC, 3124
Pre-marriage Program: If you have decided to marry or make a long term commitment to each other, congratulations! This is an ideal time to focus on the future and to plan your lives together beyond the wedding day. Committing to a long-term relationship brings with it a range of challenging and exciting considerations. Having a clear sense of yourselves as ‘individuals in a couple unit’ forms the basis of your future life together. It is important to prepare for the challenges that inevitably arise when people live together and share their lives. Doing a Pre-Marriage course such as ‘Prepare’ can assist you in the development of those necessary skills.

The course comprises three sessions with a counsellor, and is designed to draw out shared values, ideals, expectations and any issues that may need attention or be kept in mind.

Couples are asked to fill out a questionnaire to help them think about all aspects of their relationship. A counsellor facilitates a review of the results and a discussion of what emerges for each person in relation to the other.

Relationship preparation programs:
PREPARE - For couples who are marrying or making a formal commitment.
PREPARE-MC For couples with children who are marrying or making a formal commitment.
Each program involves three one-hour sessions, which are scheduled over four weeks. Day and evening meetings are available. Due to demand, we suggest that you make your first appointment well in advance.
All-inclusive program fee (inc GST) for three sessions is:$247.50 (business hours)
$280.50 (after hours)
For follow up information and appointments please contact your nearest RAV centre:
Kew phone 9261 8700;
Greensborough phone 9431 7777;
Sunshine phone 8311 9222
This may cover:personality differences; lifestyle expectations; communication styles friends and interests; family backgrounds; beliefs about parenting, money etc.