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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 justice issues in both the public and private sectors. In particular, the Commission was asked to analyse the extent to which early intervention measures and models of alternate dispute resolution could contribute to addressing cost pressures currently experienced in the civil justice system.

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