11 July 2021

MEDIA RELEASE: National Sports Tribunal shows Australia a better way to resolve sporting disputes

Resolution Institute's 2021 Dispute Resolution Conference

Sunday 11 July

On Friday 16 July, Resolution Institute will host a panel discussion as part of its international Dispute Resolution conference on the newly formed National Sports Tribunal (NST), which aims to resolve disputes more quickly and cheaply and with more impartiality than the many internal codes of practice that litter national Australian sporting codes.

The Chair of this panel Rebecca Ogge, a Queensland-based lawyer and a Member of the NST, will be joined by Johnathan Bray (Deputy CEO of the NST), Steve Lancken (a Member of the NST) and the National Sports Tribunal’s CEO, John Boultbee AM. During the 45-minute discussion, the panel will discuss the successes and challenges of the Tribunal in its first year and how COVID-19 has affected and shaped many of the disputes that are arising in sport today.

“We are aiming to raise awareness in the community about what the National Sports Tribunal is and what it does,” said Rebecca Ogge. “Although COVID has greatly shifted the ways in which sport is being played, there is still an abundance of conflict that the National Sports Tribunal can help resolve.”

The panel will discuss the importance of the National Sports Tribunal in resolving the disputes of athletes, many of whom are in the limelight often, quickly and impartially.

“Speed and independence are especially necessary in sport dispute resolution because we’re so often up against hard deadlines, such as upcoming matches or events,” said John Boultbee, CEO of The National Sports Tribunal.

An example of the need to resolve sporting conflicts can be found in the recently published case concerning the Australian Baseball League. The Canberra based team was to fly to Perth to play some matches, but the borders were closed, and a dispute arose as to what would happen to the points from the match, which would decide what teams made it to the finals. With the help of the National Sports Tribunal, the dispute was resolved by an independent panel within a 10-day deadline.

Expedition is also greatly important in dealing with selection appeals, where there is a short time to manage the hearing of such matters.

“Sporting disputes also lend themselves to mediation, conciliation and restorative justice. That’s why we’re partnering with Resolution Institute, who are leaders in these fields,” said John.

Journalists who are interested in joining a panel session can register their interest by sending an email to and view the full program here

View the full list of speakers here

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