29 June 2022

CEO update | June 2022 | A number of interesting events, and membership renewal in focus




Dear Members,

As we come to the end of the financial year, I am taking the time to reflect on the achievements over the last year, in what was undeniably, the most challenging year our team (and members) have experienced. I’m sure you will all agree that the year has tested us all, and we are happy that Resolution Institute has been a constant for dispute resolvers in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, providing the professional support and networks that our members have needed during this time.

We are now looking to the future and happily seeing things return to ‘normal’ through face-to-face events and training. We will continue to offer online and virtual alternatives of course, giving our members and future dispute resolvers the ability to select the way to engage that personally suits them.

Over the next few months, we have some exciting new initiatives happening for members.

Conciliation pilot programme and webinar
We will soon be running our first public training course for conciliators. This workshop provides the skills and knowledge to assist those who work in any statutory or industry scheme conciliation process. The skills are not only relevant to conciliators but all those involved in the process including managers, intake staff and lawyers.

In the lead up to this course, we will be hosting a free webinar for members to learn more about the program and why it has been developed. Our specialist conciliator trainers, Shiv Martin and Alexandra Sidoti, will discuss the ADRAC report ‘Conciliation: Connecting the dots’. They will also look at what the report's findings mean for conciliation as a separate process and skillset and outline the key competencies of a conciliator.

This webinar and the conciliation training are open to both our Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand audiences and, although the ADRAC report findings are based on the Australian context, the content of both the webinar and the training is equally relevant in both contexts.

To find out more and to register for the free webinar, click here.

Newcastle Forum — Thinking, Doing, Reviewing
On 22nd August the Newcastle Committee will be running their biennial forum (that was unfortunately postponed from last year due to COVID–19), a professional development and networking event to be held in Newcastle NSW. Specifically designed for DR practitioners and lawyers engaged in DR, presenters will explore some tools that support child focused mediation practices and will discuss the value of a comprehensive pre-mediation process. Esteemed speakers include Kathryn Berkett, Amy Clarke and Megan Lewis.

Attendees can claim up to 7 hours of CPD towards NMAS and Resolution Institute mediation accreditation schemes towards CLE with the Law Society.

For further information or to register please visit the event page here.

On demand webinar — 'Maintaining your wellbeing as a dispute resolver in the face of challenging and stressful times'
I would like to bring to your attention a worthwhile CPD webinar facilitated by Gerard Hoffman, a clinical social worker, counsellor, trainer and restorative practitioner. This session is relevant to all members with a strong focus on self-care, something that is important for us all. I would encourage you to take the time to watch the on demand recording and consider how you can apply the tips and tricks shared. For further information and to access the webinar you can follow this link.  

Membership renewals
Finally, don’t forget that your membership will expire shortly on 30 June. Renewing will only take a few minutes and can be done by following these five simple steps:

Follow these five simple steps to stay up to date for the 2022/23 membership cycle:

  1. Log in to with your username
  2. Go to 'My account'
  3. Click on 'Renew your membership'
  4. Select your membership in the table
  5. Click on renew

If you have any difficulties please don’t hesitate to contact our Membership Officers, Joyce (Aus) or Kim (NZ), at or who will be able to assist.

Warm regards