Australian Mediation Association

ADR Enews - April 2020

2020 NMAS Online Accreditation Courses & Webinar series

Undertake NMAS training and accreditation requirements.

Through the advances of technology there now exists the opportunity to obtain the necessary basic process and skill components of mediation training online and become accredited in accordance with the Australian National Mediator Standards.

The Australian Mediation Association (AMA) offers a collaborative, interactive training and learning experience, keeping every participant engaged like never before – entirely online!

Our next NMAS online accreditation course commences 8 June 2020! – Places are filling fast and we are accepting enrolments.
NMAS Online Course Information

Continuing Professional Development Online Webinars

These specialist courses and events are delivered by practicing mediators, and allow you to add input on key subjects.

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 to assist in selection. The program will appeal to mediators from all different disciplines. Our next workshops for 2020 are outlined in the below link.
  • 26 May 2020 (5.00pm – 6.30pm)  Relationship Mediation … what is it and why  it is important.
This webinar will look at relationship mediation, what it is and what it is its place in family mediation and matters. How does it work? Where does it come from? A new process.. find out what’s it all about.
$65.00 (incl. GST)
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 Mediator Training Academy will assist you in completing the CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution from your application, to growing your professional practice – entirely online.

As always, the Australian Mediation Association and the Mediator Training Academy remain dedicated to providing the highest quality, most innovative and compliant training and delivery methods available. From our "super career mums" to our busy barristers, the Academy and the AMA is completely dedicated to Mediator and FDR Practitioner qualifications, Mediation career growth, transparency and Australian best practice.

If you would like to join the 2020 intake, please email:
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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.

Click Here for more information

Australian and New Zealand ADR News

Venus Metals agrees to settle proceedings following court-supervised mediation

DJ Carmichael (on behalf of DJ Carmichael, Paul Adams and David Bosio) will the pay $150,000 to Venus as a contribution to Venus’ legal costs.

Venus Metals Corporation Limited (ASX:VMC) has reached an agreement to settle the proceedings against Spectrum MD Paul Adams, David Bosio and DJ Carmichael Pty Ltd in connection with the acquisition of the Penny West Gold Project.

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How to handle conflict with a colleague

Any workplace is a mix of different personalities and working styles, and for the most part, this diversity has a positive influence on our work and company culture.

But, sometimes, this also brings the potential for conflict between colleagues.

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Working with both sides to deliver the right outcome for children

Few people have a good understanding of the role of a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) – until they need one. And usually when they need one, times are tough.

"Family dispute resolution practitioner is a fancy term for family law mediator," says Danielle Jaku-Greenfield, a Sydney-based mediator, law lecturer and mediation trainer.

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'We've been swamped': Peel residents quick to take up offer of property mediation help

The Peel region has been quick to take up a new property mediation pilot on offer in Western Australia, aiming to help resolve property disputes between couples outside of court.

The initiative, run by Legal Aid WA, provides couples with assets less than $500,000 access to lawyer-assisted mediation during a separation, if one person is eligible for legal aid.

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Canberra not-for-profits join forces to provide better family dispute support

Two Canberra-based not-for-profits – Conflict Resolution Service and the Women’s Legal Centre ACT – have joined forces to further support the Canberra community during family dispute matters.

Conflict Resolution Service CEO Mel Haley says family separation and the adverse effects of marriage breakdown are huge issues for the people of Canberra.

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Canberra businesses have dispute resolution at their doorstep

Canberra’s 21,000-strong small business community has free dispute resolution support at its fingertips thanks to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, which may also be able to assist Canberra businesses through its advocacy work.

ASBFEO’s recent Access to Justice Inquiry found small and family businesses are spending $130,000 on average to resolve disputes through the court system, and more than half believed they were wasting time and money doing so.

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AFCA to ‘modify’ approach to dispute resolution

AFCA will alter its approach to dispute resolution to reflect government and regulatory responses to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) has stated that it would “modify” its approach to dispute resolution to take into account legislative changes implemented to address the economic threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Federated Farmers SC welcomes next steps in farm debt mediation scheme

Help is at hand for South Canterbury farmers feeling financial pressure.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is taking steps to establish the new Farm Debt Mediation Scheme which aims to help provide a way forward when a farm business comes under financial stress after it begins operating on July 1, 2020.

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America's Cup: Wind limits decided by Mediation and Match Conditions are published

The contentious Wind Limits for the 2021 America's Cup and its preliminary regattas have apparently been decided by Mediation rather than a full Arbitration Panel.

Emirates Team New Zealand have had to concede a reduction in the wind limit sought from 24kts to 23kts for the Match.

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Hamilton's proposed cat ban prompts questioning- parties are expected to take part in mediation

A proposed cat ban for a showpiece subdivision in Hamilton's south would take the city into uncharted territory.

City councillor Geoff Taylor quizzed council staff on the proposal at the first meeting of the council's strategic growth committee.

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Environment court mediation next step in Northland GMO debate

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be under the spotlight in Northland this week at an Environment Court mediation.

The Whangārei mediation is the next step in a strongly-polarised and long-running fight focused on Northland Regional Council (NRC) and updating of the Proposed Northland Regional Plan - that critically influences whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be used in the region.

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Community boards spend thousands on mediation

Christchurch ratepayers are forking out thousands of dollars to help mediate disputes for their community boards.

Four of the city's seven community boards spent $11,582 on mediation services, figures released to RNZ under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act show.

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CJI bats for pre-litigation mediation to lessen burden on stressed courts

NEW DELHI:  To ease the burden of courts reeling under huge pendency of cases, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde on Saturday stressed for a comprehensive legislation on pre-litigation mediation, which is already a trend in developed nations such as the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and Singapore, so that the lengthy litigation would become a thing of the past in India.

In India, the system of pre-litigation hearing is not clearly identified as a separate feature, although both the Civil Procedure Code and Criminal Procedure Code contain certain provisions that can be utilised for this purpose.

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UN Convention that promotes mediation to resolve trade disputes moves closer to entry into force

During a ceremony at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, Singapore Senior Minister of State Edwin Tong Chun Fai and Ambassador Satyendra Prasad of Fiji deposited their instruments of ratification for the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, which was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2018. 

Also known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation, it aims to achieve universal recognition of mediation as a powerful tool to solve disputes and support its wider use as a quick and non-confrontational method for commercial dispute resolution.  

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Australia: Practical guidelines for resolving commercial disputes during the COVID-19 pandemic

The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has swiftly and decisively changed the approach of the courts to civil litigation.

The changes have been essential to accommodate the new social distancing rules and to protect the health of the public and the courts. 

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Australia: Mediation, Collaboration, Arbitration – to resolve family law disputes, what's the difference?

With the pressures on the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, clients are experiencing ongoing delays with having cases resolved in a timely way. People are increasingly looking at other options to resolve their family law disputes.

There are a number of alternative dispute resolution options that can be used rather than proceeding to court for a trial determined by a Judge.

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Beyond the UN: The conflict mediators who go where others fear to tread

David Gorman knew early on he wanted to help resolve conflicts and make peace, but he was wary of becoming a diplomat tethered to the interests of a single country.

Instead, he entered an expanding sector of non-governmental organisations and independent actors serving as peace mediators around the world.

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10 Mediation Steps For Resolving Conflicts In Student Classroom

Misunderstandings between students are common in school and college.

However, conflict situations may happen not only because of students but also when teachers disagree with each other, or when parents disagree with the school.

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New rule changes will force South Africans to try deal with legal cases out of court

An amendment by the Rules Board for Courts of Law will compel South Africans to declare that they have considered mediation as a solution to any forthcoming legal matter before commencing litigation steps and starting a lawsuit.

Mediation, which was introduced in South Africa as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), is considered a time- and cost-effective means where parties in a dispute can appoint a qualified neutral third party to act as mediator to facilitate an agreed settlement.

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In an Era of Chaos with the Coronavirus; The Solution to Support our Leaders is Online Mediation

Nowadays, with the Corona-virus taking precedent all over our businesses, professional and personal life, leaders are facing high levels of stress in their roles.

This is taking a toll on the quality of human relationships with all the change management this health crisis has brought to us.

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Conferences & Training

National Mediation Conference Ltd – 2021?

The Board of NMC Ltd is considering all possibilities for NMC2021, including worst-case scenarios in which travel restrictions remain in place well into the next 12-18 months. 

Although they are planning for the face-to-face conference to go ahead in September next year, they are also aware that a virtual conference may be the most viable alternative.

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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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