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Compliments, suggestions and complaints

Resolution Institute policy

Resolution Institute welcomes compliments, suggestions and complaints.

Resolution Institute believes that each of these forms of feedback enables us to improve and extend the services we offer. It also enables Members to engage in continuous improvement in their delivery of high quality, professional DR, education and advice.

Resolution Institute commits:

  • to listen carefully, to ask questions respectfully and to respond appropriately in a timely manner
  • to keep appropriate records
  • in the case of complaints:
    • to address them even handedly and to follow the principles of natural justice
    • to maintain confidentiality about the people concerned, the content of the complaint and the process used to resolve it, unless required by law to do otherwise
  • to keep those involved informed of the progress of the complaint
  • to apply a clear internal procedure so that all complaints are addressed in a fair, consistent and timely manner
  • to reflect on and learn from feedback and, as a result, to initiate appropriate steps to lead to improved delivery of DR services.

What you can expect

If you have a compliment, suggestion or complaint, Resolution Institute wants to hear about it. With regard to complaints, to ensure reasonable currency, documentation and memory of the matter, we will address only those matters raised within 2 years of your experience of the service or with the practitioner.

Please give us your compliments, suggestions or complaints by telephone, in person or in writing in an email or a letter. If you talk to us first about it, sometimes we will ask for more information in writing.

We will respond to you courteously and as promptly as is reasonable depending on how complicated the matter is that you have raised.

If you give us a compliment, we will make sure that we pass it to the relevant person(s). We will also think about how we can continue doing whatever it is that you have complimented us on, and how we can learn from it to improve other areas of our services.

If you give us a suggestion, we will ask you about the reasons for the suggestion and pass it to the relevant person(s). As well, we will consider the benefits of your suggestion and whether it is possible and appropriate for us to implement it. We will provide you with feedback about whatever we decide.

If you make a complaint about a Resolution Institute service, we will request the details and pass the complaint to the relevant person(s). After referring to any relevant emails or other documents, we will provide a response which could include an explanation, an apology and/or an action to improve the situation or fix it.

If you make a complaint about a Member (who may be a mediator, an adjudicator, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, other DR practitioner or a person with an interest in DR), we will take notes to pass to a Complaints Officer. The Officer may contact you to obtain more details. The Officer will recommend next steps to the Board Complaints Committee. Next steps may include:

  • taking the complaint no further,
  • providing you with information relevant to the complaint,
  • referring you to another avenue for making the complaint,
  • informing the Member about the complaint and inviting a response,
  • following one or other DR processes to resolve the complaint,
  • referring it to be addressed according to our Constitution and By-Laws dealing with Concerns, Complaints and Investigations into the conduct of Members, or
  • taking other steps appropriate to the circumstances

If the complaint is to be addressed under the Constitution and By-Laws of Resolution Institute, the Board will consider it and may decide to have it resolved informally by DR, refer it to an Investigation Committee or dismiss it.

We will advise you, the Member and any others involved about the confidentiality of the process.

We will maintain regular contact with you and with the Member to keep you each informed of progress, to provide any reasonable assistance and, as far as possible, to make sure that you are satisfied with the steps that Resolution Institute has taken. We will apply a clear internal procedure so that all complaints are addressed in a fair, consistent and timely manner.

Timeframes vary from between 6 weeks and 12 weeks from the time that the complaint is received according to the complexity of the issues.

Some explanations that may help

Complaints Officer: this may be a member of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer or other suitably experienced and qualified Officer whom the Board has appointed to address complaints.

DR: describes processes where an independent person(s) (DR practitioner(s)) assists people in dispute to sort out the issues between them.

How to contact us

In Australia
Level 2, Moran House
13-15 Bridge Street, Sydney 2000
02 9251-3366 or 1800 651 650

Level 4, Gleneagles Building
69-71 The Terrace, Wellington 6011
04 470 0110 or 0800 453 237

Date policy adopted: 19 October 2015