Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia

17 07 2014

the senate



References Committee


Invitation to make submission

On 26 June 2014, the Senate referred the issue of the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in Australia to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 October 2014. The committee is looking at the adequacy and effects of current policies and how the federal government can best support and contribute to the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children.


Please note, the committee will not be considering or examining any material relating solely to personal cases or grievances. The committee process is not a forum to resolve these issues but to explore the adequacy of policy responses and the effects of policy settings regarding housing, legal services and women’s economic independence on their ability to escape violence.

The committee invites written submissions by 31 July 2014, covering terms of reference relevant to you. The committee prefers that this is done online. There is an Upload Submission Online button on their website, which can be accessed at this address: Alternatively, submissions may be emailed as an attached document to or mailed in hard copy to PO Box 6100, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 .

Please note submissions become committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the committee. Publication of submissions includes loading them onto the internet and making them available to other interested parties including the media. Please indicate if you wish the committee to consider keeping your submission, or part thereof, confidential.

Any person or organisation making a submission must not release it without the approval of the committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege, however the unauthorised release of a submission is not protected.

Information relating to Senate committee inquiries, including notes to assist the preparation of submissions, can be found at

The committee will consider all submissions, and may invite individuals and organisations to give evidence at a public hearing. If you have any further questions about the hearing or the inquiry more generally, please call (02) 6277 3530.


Committee Terms of Reference


On 26 June 2014, the following matter was referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by the 27 October 2014:


  1. the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in Australia as it affects all Australians and, in particular, as it affects:


i.            women living with a disability, and

ii.            women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds;


  1. the factors contributing to the present levels of domestic violence;


  1. the adequacy of policy and community responses to domestic violence;


  1. the effects of policy decisions regarding housing, legal services, and women‘s economic independence on the ability of women to escape domestic violence;


  1. how the Federal Government can best support, contribute to and drive the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children; and


  1. any other related matters.

WORKSHOP: New Ways for Mediation of High Conflict Disputes

7 07 2014

family law pathways


“New Ways for Mediation of High Conflict Disputes” with Megan Hunter


Megan Hunter is the Co-Founder of the High Conflict Institute, a training and consulting company for high conflict dispute resolution in the USA. She worked as  a case manager and child support and family law specialist in the Nebraska and  Arizona Family Law Courts for over a decade before co-founding the HCI in 2006.  Megan is a renowned trainer and public speaker and has been presenting  extensively across the USA, Canada and Australia since 1996. She is a Past  President of the Nebraska Child Support Enforcement Association, the Arizona  Family Support Council and the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and  Conciliation Courts.

The Workshop will explore:

  • Understanding conflict styles
  • Personality patterns of high conflict behaviour
  • Working with resistance
  • Practice skills for FDRPs (process & personal)
  • Communicating with high conflict clients

Date: Thursday, 14 August 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Registration at 8:30 a.m. for 8:45 a.m. start)
Venue: JCU Halls of Residence, Endeavour Room – James Cook University
Cost: $55.00 (includes full catering)
RSVP: Wednesday, 06 August 2014
The workshop costs have been subsidized by NQ Family Law Pathways Network.
For further information please contact: NQ FLPN Project Officer – Miriam Owato

Telephone: 07 4779 4211 or email:


Please view the attached registration form: MH Flyer & Registration Form

Essay Competition: CIArb

7 07 2014




2014 Essay Competition of the CIArb Australian Branch


The CIArb Australian Branch invites university law students to enter the 2014 CIArb Australia Essay Competition. The essay title is:

“What can be done to make Australia a popular seat for international commercial arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region?”
Entries are invited from students studying a Bachelor, Juris Doctor or Masters level law degree at the date the entry is submitted. Entrants need not be members of CIArb.

The winning essay will published by CIArb Australia and the author will be awarded $1,000.

The Closing Date for entries is Friday 15 August 2014 at 5:00PM.

All entries should be typed in a Word document and clearly identified, including the author’s name, contact details and university. Each entry should be sent by email to, with a copy to
The winning essay will be chosen by a panel of Australian arbitration practitioners.
Competition stipulations:

  • The competition is open to all persons being students studying a Bachelor, Juris Doctor or Masters level law degree at the date the entry is submitted.
  • Entries must not exceed 3,500 words (including footnotes).
  • Entries must be the original and sole work of the entrant.
  • All entries will be acknowledged but will not be returned and the organisers will accept no responsibility for the safekeeping of essays.
  • All entries will be anonymised before submission to the judging panel.
  • The CIArb Australian Branch reserves the right to publish any part of any essay submitted for the competition.

For more information contact CIArb Australia at

Please view the Competition flyer and Evaluation Criteria: CIArb Australia 2014 Essay Competition – Flyer

Mastering Academic Research: Information Skills for Successful Students

20 06 2014


Florida Institute of Technology

Jun 23, 2014 to Aug 4, 2014 

Cost per enrollment: Free

Full course description

This six-week course is designed for students worldwide who want to find, evaluate, and use information efficiently, effectively, and ethically for academic work. Build on what you already know about finding information to go beyond the search engine for better research using library resources, scholarly repositories, deep Web information, and government websites.


To enrol please log into this site:

New edition: Dispute Resolution in Australia: Cases, Commentary and Materials by SPENCER and HARDY

20 06 2014

DR Book pic


This third edition of Dispute Resolution in Australia: Cases, Commentary and Materialshighlights the consolidation of the process of dispute management and resolution, particularly in the government sector. We are now seeing the full impact of government changes to the handling of civil disputation, with the establishment and fusing of specialist tribunals and commissions. The result of the creation of these extra-judicial bodies has been a reduction in some jurisdictions of matters proceeding to trial. The interesting side-effect of this development is the rise of dispute resolution processes within these specialist tribunals and commissions that seek resolution of disputes in order to avoid hearings.

This new edition brings the law up-to-date and features:


  • A new chapter on conflict coaching
  • A re-written chapter on the key elements of arbitral procedures and the common law surrounding arbitral practice featuring the new Uniform Commercial Arbitration Acts
  • A new chapter on dispute resolution and the criminal law system
  • A new chapter on dispute resolution and industrial relations.


Dispute Resolution in Australia: Cases, Commentary and Materials, third edition, is an invaluable resource for both students and practitioners, providing practical guidance and analysis in this dynamic area of the law.


  • Contents
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Understanding Disputes
  • Chapter 3: Negotiation
  • Chapter 4: Mediation
  • Chapter 5: Conflict Coaching
  • Chapter 6: Other Dispute Resolution Processes
  • Chapter 7: Arbitration
  • Chapter 8: Dispute Resolution in Criminal Law
  • Chapter 9: Dispute Resolution in Family Law
  • Chapter 10: Dispute Resolution in the Workplace
  • Chapter 11: Online Dispute Resolution
  • Chapter 12: The State and Dispute Resolution
  • Chapter 13: Culture and Dispute Resolution
  • Chapter 14: Legal Issues
  • Chapter 15: Ethics, Standards and Dispute Resolution
  • Chapter 16: The Future of Dispute Resolution


To order a copy please see the attached order form: DR Order Form 

ADRHub Webinar: REAL Conflict Coaching

20 06 2014



Thursday, June 26th, 2014
7:00 PM Central / 8:00 PM Eastern
For more information regarding the webinar, the presenter, and registration please follow this link to the ADRHub forum: 

REAL Conflict Coaching 

In this webinar we will explore the REAL System of Conflict Coaching. REAL is based on a set of four values: Reflection, Engagement, Artistry and Lifelong Learning.The REAL System is premised on the idea that:

  • clients present their story using a particular conflict narrative where they portray themselves as innocent victims. and
  • clients can be coached to become the active hero in their story by developing the 5Cs:  Clarity, Comprehension, Choices, Competence and Confidence.

The webinar will use a real life scenario to demonstrate the principles of the REAL System.


Presenter Bios:

SAMANTHA HARDY has been mediating since 1997.  She practices primarily in the workplace context, and in the university sector.  Sam is a Nationally Accredited Mediator under the Australian Standards and a Certified Transformative Mediator by the US Institute of Conflict Transformation.   She holds appointments as Associate Professor and the Director of the Conflict Management and Resolution Programs at James Cook University, Adjunct Associate Professor at Bond University, Visiting Associate Professor at University of Tasmania, Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, and Affiliate Scholar at the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution within the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Sam has published widely in conflict resolution, including her books Dispute Resolution in Australia and Mediation for Lawyers.


NADJA ALEXANDER is Professor and Director of the International Institute for Conflict Engagement and Resolution (IICER) at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She is an accredited mediator in Hong Kong, Australia and Samoa. Nadja edits the Kluwer Mediation Blog and the book seriesGlobal Trends in Dispute ResolutionHer work on negotiation and mediation has appeared in the English, German, French, Russian and Chinese languages. In 2011 her monograph, International Comparative Mediation, won the CPR Award for Outstanding ADR book. In addition to her research, Nadja is engaged by international organisations as a conflict management consultant and policy adviser on a variety of projects in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Pacific. Nadja is also an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University and a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia.



Masterclass: The Truth about Children and Divorce

30 05 2014




The Truth about Children and Divorce.

Dr Robert Emery in Brisbane, July 2014


Relationships Australia Queensland is presenting two full days with Robert Emery, Ph.D. in July 2014.

Dr. Emery’s research focuses on family relationships and children’s mental health, including parental conflict, divorce, child custody, family violence, and genetically informed studies of all these issues, as well as associated legal and policy issues. In addition to his world-leading research in these areas, Dr Emery has been an active clinical psychologist, mediator, and parenting coordinator for 35 years, and presents his research in a way that is relevant to your clinical practice. Read more about Dr Emery below.

Not afraid of controversy, Dr Emery will invite you to discuss his research on topics including infant overnights, randomised trials of mediated and litigated child custody disputes, and coparenting conflict and attachment.

Dr Emery’s explanation of high emotion, especially anger, has helped many family mediators deal with emotion in the room and also to understand how the length of separation affects and predicts behavior. The connection between how adults handle their emotions at separations and the effects on their children is the key Dr Emery can use to unlock many puzzles for mediators, family lawyers and other workers in the separation field.



Register and pay before Thursday, 12 June
TWO FULL DAYS: $405 (normally $450)
ONE DAY: $216 (normally $250)

We are offering a special GROUP DISCOUNT, available if you register yourself plus three friends/colleagues*. Simply enter GROUP4 into the discount window on the registration page.

This means the organiser goes FREE and three friends/colleagues pay full price, OR you share the discount and each person pays:
**  $303pp for 2 days (during earlybird period)
**  $162pp for 1 day


For more information visit HERE

Connect Magazine: Facilitator Profile

29 05 2014


Claire (centre) with other Returned Volunteer Facilitators

Claire (centre) with other Facilitators

Claire Holland, a member of the teaching staff at JCU’s Conflict Management and Resolution Program also works as a Facilitator with Austraining International for Australian Volunteers for International Development (


Connect Magazine is published three times a year and highlights the achievements of Australian Volunteers for International Development, managed by Austraining International. In this months Connect Magazine there is a Facilitator Profile of Claire (p30-32).


To view the latest edition of the Connect Magazine please click here:


Connect Magazine Facilitator Profile

Connect Magazine Facilitator Profile

La Trobe University: Conciliation – Theory & Practice subject

29 05 2014




Restorative Law and Practice Program

Conciliation: Theory & Practice (LAW5CON)

August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th


Co-presenters: Michael Mitchell & David Bryson (professional conciliators)

City Campus: 360 Collins Street, Melbourne. 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Conciliation: Theory & Practice’ is a new subject designed for students of the ‘Restorative Law & Practice Program’ at the La Trobe Law School and for practitioners interested in professional development training.


When a dispute enters into a statutory framework, the conciliator is responsible for “recommendations” and “directions” that are legal, ethical, equitable, and consistent with the rules of natural justice. Students will be introduced to the current requirements and skills necessary for handling a Conciliation Conference within an ever evolving legislative framework. The workshop focuses on the Accident Compensation (WorkCover), Fair Work, Superannuation, Equal Opportunity Commission and Financial Ombuds Service jurisdictions.


This subject will also demonstrate a variety of mediation and negotiation strategies, practical skills and exercises designed to show students how to act ‘appropriately’ and independently according to legislative requirements and presenting problems, while managing parties competing interests, expectations, and different economic and emotional imperatives. Students will engage in practical exercises, role plays and class discussions designed to enhance their knowledge and practice. Conciliators from different jurisdictions will provide practical hands-on feedback and present relevant case studies.


Students will have an opportunity to:

  • learn the legislative requirements of various conciliation programs and their models of conciliation;
  • identify the theoretical and practical basis of conciliation and its relationship to other forms of dispute resolution;
  • acquire knowledge and facilitation skills useful for practicing conciliation in a professional environment; and
  • meet and learn from practitioners in the field.


For further information, contact:

Dr Alikki Vernon                                  Ms  Claire Payne

Academic Coordinator                        Postgraduate Administration

T 03 9479 1200                                   T 03 9479 1131

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NB. Professions interested in enrolling can do so under a ‘Single Unit Miscellaneous’ entry and for those interested in further study, this unit can be considered as an advanced standing for a Certificate in Restorative Law and Conflict Resolution.


Job: Co-ordinator Justice and Attorney-General

27 05 2014

QLD gov


Justice and Attorney-General


Coordinator – South Queensland Dispute Resolution Branch An opportunity exists to assist in increasing harmony in the community by leading a team providing high quality civil dispute resolution services in South Queensland in accordance with the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990 and other relevant legislation. The Dispute Resolution Branch’s (DRB) role is to assist the community in managing its disputes more effectively and without having to go to court. It does this by providing civil mediation services, restorative justice mediation for criminal matters, child protection conferencing and mediation and conflict management training through six Dispute Resolution Centres (DRC) across Queensland This role manages the civil mediation team of 5 people and 70 casual mediators at the South Queensland DRC which is located in Brisbane CBD. This role reports to the Practice Manager.


Job details

Job type Permanent Full-time
Occupational group Justice & Legal
Classification AO5
Workplace Location Brisbane – CBD
Job ad reference QLD/122222/14
Closing date 05-Jun-2014
Yearly salary $73005 – $79353
Fortnightly salary $2798.30 – $3041.60
Job duration
Contact person Ashley Eastall
Contact details Ph: (07) 3239 6301


For further information please visit:


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