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  March 2019 Visit

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A “final” decision: can a written consent technicality, and no avenue to appeal, derail an arbitration?

Ku-ring-gai Council v Ichor Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] NSWCA 2>>

Thanks to Karen Ingram (Partner) and Jake Giordano from Clayton Utz Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, for preparation of the Legal Update.

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Trevor Slater, New Zealand
Using your multiple brains to make great decisions>>

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Opportunities & resources 

EOI for panel of facilitators with Valuation Services, Property NSW | AU
Property NSW are looking to establish a panel of independent facilitators.  Candidates must have NMAS accreditation; 5yrs experience in highly facilitative processes; able and willing to work in a statutory setting within a technical and procedurally dense context; able and willing to conduct facilitated sessions which adhere to the customised process of Property NSW; willing to participate in debriefing sessions (as required) related to facilitated conferences; willing to complete pre-reading and participate in a briefing/education session on 21 May (TBC) as well as attend up to two paid sessions per year (either face to face or online).  Experience in property and/or valuation disputes is desirable. Send EOIs to

2019 Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition Deadline | AU
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry invite university teams of 2-4 students to become part of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition. Applications close on 29 March 2019. For full information and instructions on how to apply>>.

FDRP Property and Parenting March 2019 | WA
Relationships Australia is seeking to employ an accredited and experienced Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in a clinical position at the Perth Family Relationship Centre. Applications Close on Friday 29 March 2019. For full information and instructions on how to apply>>.

 9th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum 2019. Call for presenters | AU
The 9th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) Conference, November 1 – 2, 2019, held in Jeju Island/ South Korea, is looking for presenters. Applications Close Monday 1st April 2019For full information and instructions on how to apply>>.

Peel Elder Relationship & Support Service  Mediator Opportunity | WA
The Peel Elder Relationship and Support Service in Mandurah is looking for a Mediator / Counsellor. Permanent, Part time role. Applications Close 5.00pm Tuesday 2nd April 2019. For full information and instructions on how to apply>>.

MBIE Employment Relations Authority | NZ
On behalf of the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is looking for people in Wellington who have the experience, personal attributes and skills to be a member of the Employment Relations Authority. Temporary appointments are also available. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 8th April 2019. For full information and instructions on how to apply>>. 

The Meaning of Home for Children and Young People after Parental Separation. | VIC
Melbourne Law School, along with Flinders University and Australian National University have been funded by the Australian Research Council to undertake a qualitative research project examining the meaning of home for children and young people after parental separation. For full information on participation>>.

Rotary peace fellowship | AU
The 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available. This fully funded fellowship provides peace and development leaders with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to advance their peacebuilding careers. Applications close 31 May 2019

DR articles & info 

Melissa Gerke analyses the greatest cause of disputes between neighbours  | AU  38% of neighbours' disputes are over fences, according  to the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV). Fixing walls, dogs burking and loud loises are just fiew of the disputes mediators help neighbours come to a resolution .>>

Grace Ormsby SA kicks off ‘timely’ review of major indictable reform  | AU The Honourable Brian Martin AO QC will be heading an independent investigation review of South Australian major indictable reforms. >>

Greg Bond On the Benefits of Mediation Training, and On Getting Things Wrong. An Interview with Eva Chye  | AU   An interviewed with Eva Chye, a trained mediator, who works at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Researching the sustainable effects mediation training has had in other occupations.>>

America's Cup: Arbitration Panel rules late challengers valid | NZ The Challenger of Record and the Defender reached a settlement agreement under which the validity of the Challenges was accepted.>>

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Local networking & CPD

2 April | Adelaide SA | Family Dispute Resolution and Humanistic Mediation – Can they work together?>>

9 April | Hobart Tas | Climate change & the ocean: what’s happening, why will there be conflict & what can we do about the confusion?>>

9 April | Perth WAAnalysing delays for extension of time with Jonathan Shahady>>

10 April | Brisbane Qld | Future directions in theory and practice>>

11 April | Sydney NSW | Forensic animation and dispute resolution>>

11 May | Sydney NSW | Arbitration masterclass>>


30 April | Sydney NSW | The mediator's role in agreement and closure with Anna Quinn and Anne Sutherland-Kelly >>


Mediation NMAS training >>
Mediation 'Refresher' training >>
Mediator assessments >>
CINERGY™ 4-day conflict coaching >>
CINERGY™ 2-day 'Refresher' training >>

Other providers

8 Mini PD Workshops: Monday Modules>> for experienced Mediators with Margaret Halsmith
Online interactive video conference

8 Mini PD Workshops: Thursday Topics>> for new Mediators with Margaret Halsmith
Online interactive video conference

Advanced elder mediation professional development>> with Judy McCann-Beranger (EMIN) and Assoc. Prof. Dale Bagshaw (EMAN) 
Adelaide 3-5 April 2019

Foundations in Public Participation (IAP2)>>
Techniques for Effective Public Participation 9 & 10 April 2019
Planning for Effective Public Participation - 13, 14 & 15 May 2019

Conciliation in the shadow of the law>> with David Bryson & Michael Mitchell
Melbourne 13-14 May 2019
RI member discount 10%

Transforming conflict into cooperation through group conferencing>> with Dr David Moore and Dr Alikki Vernon
Melbourne 15-17 May 2019

Hong Kong Institute of Construction Adjudicators (HKICAdj) adjudicator training course>> delivered by experienced adjudicators and cross-border expert trainers
Hong Kong 20-23 May 2019
(early bird fees end 31 Jan 2019)

Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation (IAP2)>>
Sydney 23 & 24 May 2019

Humanistic Mediation Workshop>>
with Jacqueline Morineau and Margaret Ross
Mantes, France 3-5 Jun 2019

Tuscany mediation retreat >>
with Margaret Ross and Greg Rooney
Tuscany, Italy 15-22 Jun 2019

Intensive Negotiation Skills >>  with Michael Klug
Auckland 29-30 Jul 2019
RI member discount available

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