MSB: Draft revised National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

27 08 2014


Feedback requested by midday, Monday 1 September 2014 >>

The Mediator Standards Board (MSB) has released a comprehensive redraft of the mediator Approval and Practice Standards, incorporated into a wider document covering other aspects of the NMAS, inviting feedback from practitioners prior to the MSB AGM in early September.

Download the draft NMAS here>>

LEADR encourages our members to read the revised document and provide your comments for collation by LEADR by midday Monday 1 September via our survey >>

By way of guidance:

Part I of the document outlines the purpose of the NMAS, its application, the role of mediators and the NMAS structure.

Part II, the Approval Standards have been revised and amended. In response to feedback:

  • alternative pathways for gaining accreditation have been introduced;
  • minimum accreditation and experience requirements for trainers, coaches and assessors have been added;
  • the CPD requirements for each two-year cycle have been modified, with activities that can contribute to CPD being broadened;
  • provision has been made for mediators to apply for leave of absence, and to apply for reinstatement following leave of absence, or lapsed or suspended accreditation.

The minimum hours required for training courses leading to accreditation remain the same. However the Board noted feedback that training duration should be increased, with additional requirements such as a period of supervised practice. Suggestions for the development of accreditation standards for trainers, coaches and assessors were also noted and it was considered that such standards would require further consultation within the industry.

Part III, the Practice Standards have been revised and amended to specify clearly the minimum practice and competency requirements for mediators and to inform participants about what they can expect of the mediation process and of mediators.

Part IV lists the qualifications, functions and responsibilities of RMABs.

Part V describes the Register of Nationally Accredited Mediators.

Part VI outlines the membership and responsibilities of the Mediator Standards Board.

If you would prefer to respond directly to the MSB, please provide your feedback in a separate document making reference to the relevant clause number in the Draft Revised NMAS, with any general or overall comments provided at the end. Email this by close of business Tuesday 2 September 2014 to

To provide feedback on the draft revised National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) via LEADR do so by midday Monday 1 September via our survey >>

Workshop: Ethical FDR practice where there is a history of family violence

27 08 2014


Ethical FDR practice where there is a history of family violence

with Rachael Field

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Event details


Thursday, 25 September 2014
5.45pm Open
6.00pm Presentation
7.00pm Networking
7.30pm Conclusion


Clayton Utz
Level 28, Riparian Plaza
71 Eagle Street

Access via concierge after 6.00pm


Including light refreshments
$20 for LEADR members
$25 for non LEADR members


By Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Register >>



This event will contribute 1 hour of CPD under the NMAS and LEADR Accreditation.

Register >>

This session explores issues concerning ethical and safe FDR practice in matters where there is a history of family violence. In particular the session considers how the recent family violence amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) impact on FDR practice, and explores the lessons learned from the Coordinated FDR pilot program. The session will include the latest debate and information regarding the influence of family violence on power and control issues and will also be interactive drawing on the experience and expertise of the audience.

About Rachael Field

Rachael has been an Associate Professor in the QUT Law School since 2012. Rachael is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation in 2008. She is the founder and coordinator of the Wellness Network for Law and one of the founders and coordinators of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Research Network.
Rachael has been an Associate Professor in the QUT Law School since 2012. Rachael is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation in 2008. She is the founder and coordinator of the Wellness Network for Law and one of the founders and coordinators of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Research Network.

Rachael has published widely in her areas of research interest which include dispute resolution, the first year experience, women and the law and family law. She completed her PhD in 2011 on the topic of neutrality in mediation. Rachael is a co-author of the Coordinated FDR model – a model of family dispute resolution for use in matters where there is a history of domestic violence. Rachael has been a member of the Women’s Legal Service, Brisbane Management Committee since 1994 and President of the Service since 2004.

UK Event: Talking Peace Festival

19 08 2014

tpf pink hash date



The Talking Peace Festival is a series of events taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September.

Using the universal language of creativity, the festival will illustrate the importance of dialogue in resolving conflicts in venues across London. Join us for talks, comedy, art, food, photography and more!

The full programme will be announced later in August, but here is a flavour of what to expect:

  • Launch party, Shoreditch Village Hall, 8 September (RSVP here)
  • Peace Booth, Old Street underground station, 8-14 September
    Strike a pose for peace in our Peace Photo Booth and enjoy live art demonstrations as part of our #Art4peace campaign. Free.
  • #Art4peace campaign, various locations throughout September. Talented street artists unite in painting campaign for peace in spaces around East London. They will include: Benjamin Murphy,Dan Kitchener, David Walker, Faunagraphic, Fipsi Seilern (Pang), Francesca McHugh (Love Artist), Ibrahim Fakhri, Jim McElvaney, Joel Bergner, Lana Hughes (Lana Alana), Magnus Gjoen, Mr Dane, Paul Curtis (Moose), Pure Evil, Suzko and Tarek Tuma.
  • Takeover of Shoreditch Art Wall, 17-19 Great Eastern Street, 13-19 September
    Come and see this iconic Shoreditch mural transform into a giant piece of street art – for peace! Free.
  • Rwanda photo exhibition, South Bank, 17-28 September
    Photography from award-winning photojournalist Carol Allen-Storey, featuring the stories of young Rwandans, their reflections on the genocide and hopes for the future. Free.
  • Conflict Kitchen, Queen of Hoxton, 20-21 September
    A pop-up grill serving dishes from the Middle East over the weekend of International Peace Day. With recipes from renowned chefs Anissa Helou, Yotam Ottolenghi and Claudia Roden.
  • Are you Taking the Peace?, The Comedy Store, 22 September (Book tickets here)
    Our annual benefit comedy night featuring Rich Hall, Stewart Francis, Holly Walsh, Matt Rees, Daniel Simonsen, Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie (MC).
  • Various, Hoxton Gallery, 23 September-3 October
    Exhibitions, talks, workshops and more!
  • No Pressure to be Funny, The Phoenix – Cavendish Square, 28 September
    The highly acclaimed satirical panel show presents an International Alert special, chaired by LBC Radio’s James O’Brien.

For updates, follow us @TalkPeaceFest and use the hashtag #TalkingPeace to share your views!

New issue available: International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution

19 08 2014


Int Journal CER

A new issue of International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution has just been published.

In this issue:

  • Deepening the Definitions of Success and Failure by Michal Alberstein & Jay Rothman


  • Lessons from the Frontiers of Failure – Second-Order Social Learning and Conflict Resolution by Oliver Ramsbotham
  • Transformative Mediation – A Self-Assessment by Joseph Folger & Robert A. Baruch Bush
  • The Success-Failure Anxiety in Conflict Resolution – Between Law, Narrative and Field Building by Michal Alberstein
  • Reflexivity and the State of Success and Failure in Our Field by Jay Rothman
  • No Career Ladder for Mediators – A Failure of the Field by David Matz
  • Success in Conflict Intervention Is What We Make of It but Significance Is the Goal by Brian Polkinghorn & Abraham (Avi) Mozes-Carmel
  • Success and Failure in ADR – A Dialogue between Partners by Lela P. Love & Joseph B. Stulberg

For more information visit the Journals website

Workshop: The effect of Personality Disorders on Separation and Divorce

19 08 2014

family law pathways


NQ Family Law Pathways Network is proud to present yet another exciting workshop “The effect of Personality Disorders on Separation and Divorce” with Dr Chris Rikard-Bell.

Date:          Monday, 15 September 2014

Time:          3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Registration at 3:30 p.m. for 4:00 p.m. start)

Venue:        The Mercure Townsville, Crystal Room

Cost:           $50.00 (includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks)

RSVP:         Wednesday, 10 September 2014    


For more information please view the flyer and registration form here >> Flyer – Registration – Dr Chris Rikard-Bell

Job: Community Mediation Project Manager

5 08 2014

Central Desert Regional Council

Community Mediation Project Manager (Fixed Term)

Central Desert Regional Council

  • Alice Springs & Central Australia
  • Government & Defence
  • Government – Local
  • $65,000 – $74,999
  • Full Time
Closing date:
Friday, August 15, 2014 – 17:00
Operating under the direction of the Youth, Sport and Community Services Manager and in accordance with Council corporate plans, policies and relevant legislation, this position is responsible for coordinating a group of Community leaders in Yuendumu community to, develop local conflict management processes, build community capacity to respond to family violence, and  support clients through stressful and dynamic environments.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Relevant qualifications or experience in at least one of the following fields:
    • alternative dispute resolution or law
    • community development
    • family violence
  • Superior oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise, negotiate and consult with a diverse range of stakeholders including families, community organisations and government agencies.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing, delivering, managing, reviewing and monitoring programs and other service interventions for families and parties in conflict.
Contact Person Ross Fraser 0419 905 476
To apply for this position, please download the Position Description and Information Package and address the selection criteria in writing, as well as an application for advert form. Applications should be marked to the attention of Cathryn Hutton and emailed to

For more information click here

Internship: Institute for Economics and Peace

5 08 2014

Economics and peace

Digital Communications Intern

The Institute for Economics and Peace is looking for an energetic digital communications intern to join our communications team based in Sydney. We believe that ideas are only as strong as the people who carry them, and we seek passionate young communicators to help us engage civil society with complex notions of peace. We want to hear your bright ideas on how we can get people around the world thinking and speaking about peace.

This year, the Institute for Economics and Peace plans peaceful domination of digital media platforms. We need you to be part of the team that takes us there. Tasks include:

  • Contributing ideas to the global digital strategy
  • Writing about key issues related to peace and conflict around the world
  • Creating, editing and uploading content to Vision of Humanity
  • Generating innovative communications materials for social media platforms
  • Assisting with the design and layout of short papers and reportsUsing analytics to provide an assessment of digital communications strategies and materials
  • Assisting the Communications Manager and members of the Research Team with various communications
    and outreach tasks as they arise.

For more information and to download a full position description please visit:


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