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Webinar recording | Farm Debt Mediation in NSW (AU)

Dr Hanna Jaireth

pre-recorded | Online

‘A great overview of an important area of work and excellent reflective insights’

In this webinar Hanna discussed the statutory protections and other supports that are available to the parties and mediators participating in farm debt mediation in NSW - a jurisdiction in widespread and prolonged drought.

The rushes are black by the river bed,
And the sheep and the cattle stand
Wistful-eyed,—where the waters were,

— In a waste of gravel and sand.
Mary Hannah Foott (1846-1918)


Hanna also discussed key opportunities and challenges for farm debt mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism from a policy perspective.

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About the speaker

Anna Quinn

Dr Hanna Jaireth
NSW Rural Assistance Authority

Dr Hanna Jaireth NMAS currently administers the Farm Debt Mediation Act 1994 (NSW) for the NSW Rural Assistance Authority. She worked on a review and amendment of the Act in 2017-18. Legislation with similar features (and several differences) is expected to commence in New Zealand in 2020.

Hanna recognises the relief that confidential, dignified, facilitated mediations can bring for parties in financial distress and relationship conflict. She mediates franchising, debt recovery, strata, workplace and other disputes.

Hanna has held national accreditation as a mediator since 2014.

In the 1990s Hanna researched and contributed to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community. Hanna has served on the boards of several non-government environmental law organisations and law journals for many years.