Guided Search and Search Tips

Family Relationships Online helps you to find services and information for families. You can use searches we've already prepared, or create your own.

The examples on this page are real searches – click the links, press the buttons, change the searches... try them out!

Searches we've already prepared for you

Lots of pages on Family Relationships Online have links that will do a search for you. Those links are a good place to start if you're not sure exactly what you're looking for.

Here are some examples of searches we put on the For Parents page:

Here are some more examples – these are some from the Building Relationships page:

Your own searches

Tip 1: Decide between services, information, or both

If you tick the 'Information to read' checkbox, the search will provide links to a variety of information – the kinds of material you find by surfing the Internet.

If you tick the checkbox labelled 'a service to help', the search will provide links to details of services. 'Services' provide help – the kinds of things you might look for in the phone book.

Tip 2: Start with simple search terms

If you’re looking for information about communicating in a relationship, you could search for communication or communicating relationship. If you want information about step-families, you might try searching for step-families.

Tip 3: Say where you live

If you enter details of where you live, work, or study – or anywhere else you might use the service – the search will return services and information relevant to that location.

When you enter a location, the system will try to work out where you mean. If it isn’t sure, it will ask you to pick a town or suburb from a list of possible matches. Click the town or suburb you want from that list, and the system will complete the location details for you. You then click the ‘Search’ button again to see the results.

Information about changing your name if you live in Tasmania

Search with Location Details

Tip 4: Any of the words / All of the words / Exact Phrase

When you enter more than one word, e.g. [child protection], you need to be aware of the selected Search Type (all of the words / any of the words / exact phrase). For example: Searching for [child protection]

  • with {any the words} selected will return results that contain either child OR protection.
  • with {all the words} selected will only return results that contain both child AND protection.
  • with {exact phrase} selected, the words "child protection" must appear together without any other words in between. If you only want to get results that have certain words appear together in the exact order you give them, surround the phrase with quote marks.

Exact phrases

Tip 5: Get rid of irrelevant results by excluding words

If you search for marriage, you’ll find a lot of marriage counselling. If you’re not interested in marriage counselling, you can exclude counselling from your search. Just put the word 'not' in front of it:

Excluding counselling with the word Not

Excluding words

Something to think about:

Excluding words can sometimes give unexpected results. For example, if you were looking for group counselling rather that one-on-one counselling, you could try searching for counselling group NOT individual. But a counselling service that describes itself as ‘providing group and individual counselling’ would be excluded because it contains the word individual in its description.


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