31 May 2022

CEO update | May 2022 | Announcing some exciting new initiatives



Dear Members,

I hope everyone is doing well as life is starting to feel more like we are returning to ‘normal’ in many ways. This month I want to update members on a number of initiatives that we are working on that you will no doubt hear me talking about over the coming months.

Website and AMS
Last year the board approved a significant capital investment to upgrade our management system. This includes both our back-end system and database, as well as the website platform, along with a streamlined design. This investment will assist both members and staff and make engaging with us easier.

From the website perspective, we have been looking at the design and navigation from a user’s perspective and considering the feedback that we have received over the recent years. We are looking to:

  • Streamline the navigation of our website, reducing the number of clicks and making the most accessed pages easier to find
  • Improve the search functionality for resources that are currently on the website
  • Make the homepage cleaner and reducing duplication
  • Make it simpler for you to access your membership account and member services
  • Include a streamlined membership directory with increased options for searching and filtering

We will be going live later this year and I will keep members updated on the progress of this significant project as we get closer to the 'go live' date.

Conference — Green Shoots: Emerging Trends in Dispute Resolution
I am pleased to advise that we will be hosting a face-to-face conference this year, which is a long-overdue opportunity to bring our members together to network, discuss the changing landscape of dispute resolution and guide Resolution Institute into the future.

The one-day conference to be held in Sydney on Friday, 7 October will include plenary sessions and specialist streams across the whole spectrum of dispute resolution, including mediation, conciliation, arbitration, adjudication, expert determination, family dispute resolution and collaborative practice.

If you want to be part of this exciting opportunity, we are currently seeking expressions of interest for speaking proposals. For more information, please refer to the submission and abstracts process and requirements here and submit your proposal to by 10 June 2022.

In the meantime, block out your diaries and save the date...

County Court of Victoria Scheme
We have been in discussions recently with the County Court of Victoria recently to explore how our members can assist the Court by providing low-cost and expedited arbitration services. As a result, we have developed a specific expedited process and supporting documents for County Court arbitrations, and have established a panel of trusted Victorian arbitrators to support this scheme. We are excited to see what comes next for this arrangement and are pleased that Resolution Institute and our members are supporting this, whilst at the same time, promoting domestic arbitration and resolving commercial disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information you can find out more by visiting our website here.

I would like to thank members The Hon David Byrne QC, Toby Shnookal QC and Dr Richard Manly QC for their time and effort in supporting Resolution Institute as we have developed the process and documentation for the County Court Scheme.

I attended a networking and information session last week in Melbourne about the scheme and it was great to not only see members in person once again, but to see the support and enthusiasm within the membership for this initiative. Thanks to all who were able to make it.

A Legalwise seminar is also scheduled for 7 June 2022 with his Honour Justice Croft talking about arbitration and their Honours Judge Brimer and Judge Burchell talking about the County Court’s arbitration list — further information and link to sign up is here if members would like to tune in.

Finally, don’t forget to renew your membership which expires on 30 June 2022. We value your membership as part of our trans–Tasman dispute resolution community and we have big plans for 2022–23 so that we can continue to support you, our members, in your dispute resolution practice.

Warm regards,