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Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution – 2018 Intake open

Watch our new explainer video and know that additional places (compliant with current FDRP accreditation requirements) have now been added for the 2018 intake, and are filling fast. Please contact us if you are considering completing FDRP accreditation in 2018 ...read more

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Webinars 2018 Schedule released

The proposed CPD webinar program for our members is intended to cover mediation skills, practice and specific content areas. Visit our 2018 webinar program for all of your professional development needs under NMAS and FDRP Accreditation. Read More & Register ...read more

Review of the family law system to begin after 40 years

The first full review of Australias family law system in 40 years has begun. It will be led by the Australian Law Reform Commission from October 1, Attorney-General George Brandis announced. Read more ...read more

Small Business Ombudsman launches inquiry into access to justice

Access to justice is a recurring issue for small business people who are at the wrong end of a power imbalance in dealings with big business and governments. Consumer protections don’t always apply to small businesses, which have limited options ...read more

Financial Services Ombudsman complaints surge driven by insurance and credit card disputes

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has experienced a sharp increase in disputes over the quality of advice and service customers are receiving. According to the FOS annual report, the total number of disputes across the sector jumped by 16 per ...read more

Family law could bypass judges in plan being trialed by government

Warring parents could have their disputes about children resolved by social workers, psychologists and other non-lawyers rather than judges as part of radical family law reforms being trialled by the Turnbull government. Options for further wide-reaching reforms, including a ­potential ...read more

Productivity Commission foreshadows recommendation for all government agencies to prepare dispute resolution management plans

On 8 April 2014, the Australian Government Productivity Commission released its draft report on ‘Access to Justice Arrangements‘ for public consultation and input. The Commission’s terms of reference received in June last year were wide ranging, focussing on access to ...read more

Trans-Tasman dispute resolution improved

New laws aimed at resolving trans-Tasman legal disputes more effectively were launched by Australian Attorney-General George Brandis and New Zealand’s Justice Minister Judith Collins in Sydney this evening. “Trans-Tasman proceedings arrangements between New Zealand and Australia introduce a range of ...read more

Arab-jewish Peace Talks Will Start Next Week in Rhodes, U.N. Mediator Announces

After an all-day conference in Cairo with the political committee of the Arab League, Count Folke Bernadotte, U.N. mediator for Palestine, informed the Secretariat here that the work of mediation and negotiation between Arabs and Jews will begin next week ...read more

When mandatory arbitration replaces litigation, consumers lose

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2013 – Legislation that would eliminate required arbitration for employee, consumer and civil rights disputes was proposed last month. It should be passed.  Congress must act to restore fairness. Big business and corporate money, along with a ...read more

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