La Trobe University: Conciliation – Theory & Practice subject




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.