Australian Mediation Association

ADR Enews - September 2020

Continuing Professional Development

The 2020 NMAS training and CPD program is intended to cover mediation skills, practice and specific content areas.

The CPD workshops will be identified as either skills sessions or speciality sessions. The program will appeal to mediators from across different disciplines.
Please find our 2020 program and register here

Enrolments are open for 2020 for those who want to use this year to get ahead as an FDRP.

The AMA and MTA remain dedicated to providing the highest quality, most innovative and compliant training and delivery methods.

From "super career mums" to busy barristers, we facilitate Mediator and FDR Practitioner qualifications, and Mediation career growth, with transparency and Australian Best Practice.

If you would like to join the 2020 intake, please email: In partnership with ICES: provider code 22487.
Tuition fees for CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution qualifications will increase by $1,000.00 on October 31, 2020.
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  • All textbooks, student handbooks, assessments and learning materials are included in all qualification packages.
  • Corporate Discounts are available for companies as well as Family Relationship Centres.
  • Easy weekly payment plans available.
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Diners Club are accepted.

Conflict Coaching Fundamentals

CCI offers a fully online program Conflict Coaching Fundamentals through CCI Academy.  The program is designed to be flexible and completed at your own pace. It includes:
  • Over 40 hours of video lessons;
  • Videos of two complete conflict coaching sessions;
  • Reflective activities to apply and embed your learning;
  • Two personalised one-on-one sessions with your trainer;
  • Opportunities to practice coaching on other students in the program;
  • An engaged online community for peer support and networking. 
AMA members receive a 20% discount on the normal registration fee (you will pay $1320.00 instead of $1650.00).  Just use the coupon code AMAMember at checkout.
Click HERE for more information, course dates and registration

What work opportunities are there as a mediator?

There is increasing use of mediation and other forms of ADR in Australia. People undertaking mediation and Family Dispute Resolution training vary to the extent in how they find opportunities as a mediator.

Some may find salaried roles within government or not for profit agencies. Some individuals pursue mediation as a full-time career whilst others see a career in mediation as a viable option to supplement their current vocation or as a part-time profession post retirement.

For current mediation and Family Dispute Resolution careers please visit our ‘careers page’ and search for current mediation career opportunities in the associated search engines.

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Migrating Away From Traditional Models Of Mediation

Mediation is often viewed by lawyers as a "this" or "that" on the spectrum from facilitative to evaluative.

In reality, experienced neutrals view mediation as a process customized to the needs of the parties in a particular case.

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Winmar mediation case resolved but more to be done

Nicky Winmar said mediation in his race case with three prominent AFL figures had gone well but there was more to be done before the issue was settled.

In a mediation session which lasted almost six hours after Winmar, the St Kilda great, and photographer Wayne Ludbey were outraged by the comments the three men had made on their podcast, questioning why Winmar had lifted his guernsey in a 1993 clash against Collingwood at Victoria Park.

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New online program for couples going through divorce could keep disputes out of court

Rachel* was in a relationship with her former partner for 10 years, but their marriage only lasted 18 months.

"We started noticing it wasn't working about 12 months in," she said.

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Media companies heading to mediation over Pell contempt charges

Media companies will go to trial on contempt of court charges over their reporting connected with Cardinal George Pell's conviction on sexual abuse charges if a mediation ordered by a Supreme Court judge fails to resolve the case.

Thirty journalists and news organisations are accused by Victorian prosecutors of breaching a suppression order imposed by the County Court, which in December 2018 prevented media from reporting the guilty verdicts a jury reached against the cardinal.

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VCAT moves dispute resolution online with Immediation to help progress cases during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has signed a deal with legal tech startup Immediation that will allow the tribunal to continue to resolve disputes online, despite lockdown and social distancing measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus is taking its toll on marriages with the number of Aussie couples planning to divorce DOUBLING during the pandemic

Divorce inquiries doubled since COVID-19 according to the 'Separation Guide'.

The national mediation group has seen a huge spike in interest since lockdown 

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The 'profound shift' under way in Australia's family law courts

It is not often a court strongly discourages litigation, but the family courts in Australia are far from typical courts.

The disputes are emotionally complex, protracted, and parents or children may be at grave risk. There is much more to be lost than money, although the legal costs may be crippling.

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America's Cup: Mediation resolves issues over Host Broadcast

A Mediation, by the America's Cup Arbitration Panel Chairman, has been successfully concluded between the teams representing Luna Rossa, the team of the Italian Challenger of Record and the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand.

The spat involves the Luna Rossa's event management arm, COR36, and its obligations to organise and meet its share of costs for the Host Broadcast of the Prada Cup (Challenger Selection Series) and America's Cup Match.

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Love thy neighbour: holidays at home will lead to more disputes

Summer is traditionally a period in which neighbours complain about each other and the situation will be worse this year because many will not be leaving for a holiday elsewhere, crime prevention organisation CCV warns in its annual benchmark report.

The survey, which involved many of the Netherlands housing corporations, found 60% are expecting more trouble this summer and over half said the number of nuisance reports rose when the coronavirus lockdown started.

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Mediation growing in importance as way to settle business disputes

A dispute in an Asean country between a developer and an architectural firm went on for years but mediation settled the case within a day.

When all seemed lost and a soured relationship seemed headed for arbitration after the developer had terminated the contract for alleged breaches, both parties agreed to explore mediation first at the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC).

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Mediation at the New Innovation Frontier: how Singapore is positioning itself as the global hub for IP dispute resolution

The rising importance of innovation in the race for global competitiveness has led to an increasingly prominent role for intellectual property in many companies’ business strategies. In 2018 alone, companies filed a global record of 3.3 million patent applications.

With more companies operating across multi-jurisdictional and fast-moving, often digital markets, disputes over IP are also multiplying and becoming more complex.

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Mediation: 5 key points you need to consider

1. What is Mediation and why do it?

Mediation is a voluntary dispute resolution option that focuses on problem solving.

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Australia: Disputes over dispute resolution clauses – how to avoid commercial nonsense

Contracts routinely contain dispute resolution clauses in which the parties record their binding preferences for the resolution of disputes.

This may include referral to a particular court, or arbitration, mediation or expert determination. It may include several steps – negotiation, followed by mediation, followed by referral to court or arbitration and/or an expert.

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What is HR’s role in crisis management?

HRD talks to AIA’s HR director about the importance of negotiating skills in the executive team
This year has taken many executive teams out of their comfort zones, with HR directors often having to play a mediation role in the boardroom.

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Australia: Family Law - Arbitration vs Mediation - weighing up what is right for you

There are various options available to assist parties to resolve their Family Law dispute outside of litigation, including mediation and arbitration.

This article provides an overview of both options to assist you to consider what may be suitable to resolve your dispute.

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Australia and East Timor Maritime dispute resolution: lessons for India and Pakistan

The Timor Sea is located in the North of Australia and South of East Timor, a part of which became disputed between countries when the question of ownership and control of that part arose.

There are oil and gas reserves in the disputed area and use and share of those reserves was the central reason behind the dispute.

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Australia: Separation and parenting orders: The benefits of pre-court mediation

I've separated from my partner, should I attend mediation regarding my children and how do I prepare for the mediation?

When parents separate, one of the key areas they need to consider is what arrangements should be in place for the children.

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When businesses cross swords, the peacemaker is summoned

Peter Corne, an Australian by birth and a Shanghainese by status, is a peacemaker in the world of commerce.

He handles business-related cases for both the Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center and the Shanghai International Arbitration Center. Both centers mark an important step in the modernization of the city’s legal framework.

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What Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Can Teach Us About the Neutrality of the Mediator

Pitt and Jolie's divorce has taken a long time, filed for in 2016, although divorced in 2019 their agreement regarding child custody and financial assets is still ongoing.

Jolie and Pitt decided to take a private judge (Judge John W. Ouderkirk) for their proceedings so that most of the information will remain confidential.

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Anything Else

Dear Therapist: Should My Parents Get Divorced?

I’ve known that my parents haven’t gotten along.

They are polar opposites.

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Insurance Reminder

Please remember that Insurance is compulsory for National Accreditation and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners. Policy renewal reminders for AMA members are currently being sent. We have now deployed a more friendly service online which will ensure that your policy is only a few clicks away and takes only a few minutes. In line with our commitment to utilise technology and ensure the ease of access for our members to our services, we are incorporating an online insurance component to our website to reduce the amount of administrative forms used and to streamline the processing of dispute resolution insurance applications. Click here to renew or take out a new policy.

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