Conference: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities (ADRIC)



ADRIC 2015 provides a unique opportunity for delegates to discover the latest thinking in mediation practice from leading practioners working in an variety of Indigenous fields.

The conference focuses not only on the benefits of cost savings and prevention of hostile ongoing relationships, but also the parties’ self-determination which is fundamental to the mediation process.

ADRIC 2015 includes interactive sessions for delegates to gain practical experience from mediation experts working with Indigenous communities.

Who should attend?

ADRIC 2015 is aimed at anyone working in the legal, government and not-for profit sectors. Qualifications in law or mediation are not necessary however the conference does qualify as CPD activity for lawyers and mediators.


27 & 28 July, 2015

ADRIC 2015 Program

Melbourne University

University House at the Woodward
Level 10, Law School.
185 Pelham St, Carlton 3052

Day 1 – Monday 27 July

9.00am Registration
9.30am Introduction from Matthew Storey, CEO of
Native Title Services Victoria
Welcome to Country by Aunty Di Kerr,
Wurundjeri Elder
Opening Performance
10am Aboriginal Decision Making, Problem Solving and Alternative Dispute Resolution – Challenging the Status Quo
Keynote Speaker: Helen Bishop
11am Morning Tea
11.30am Emerging Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in Current Practice
Graham Atkinson, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
Meena Singh, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Daphne Yarram, Koori Court
Ivy Yarram, Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service
Chair: Dr Valerie Cooms, National Native Title Tribunal
1pm Lunch
2pm Seminar: Lost Conversations : Finding new ways for black and white Australia to lead together
3.30pm Afternoon tea
4pm Returning Economic Benefits that Exceed Costs:
The Yuendumu Experience
In 2010 Yuendumu was wracked by conflict.  The Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Committee (YM&JC) is an innovative, responsive and highly effective Indigenous designed and driven initiative that has succeeded in restoring stability and harmony to the community.  It has played a powerful role in breaking cycles of disadvantage, distress and suffering caused by unmanaged community conflict and is a positive and compelling example of the drive, vision and commitment of Aboriginal people in Central Australia to take control and responsibility for matters in their community and their effectiveness and skill in doing so.
 In 2014 a cost benefit analysis (CBA) showed that YM&JC returned economic benefits that far exceeded its economic costs. CBA is a powerful tool that is widely used by governments to evaluate the impact of projects on the economic welfare.  This seminar explores the importance of conflict management as the foundation for community resilience and efficacy and the effectiveness of CBA as an evaluation tool.

Professor Anne Daly and Greg Barrett, University of Canberra

5pm Networking Drinks


Day 2 – Tuesday 28 July 2015

9.30am Learning from the Past: Towards Indigenous Dispute Management and Decision-Making Services
Toni Bauman – via video
10am Prevention is Better Than Cure
Raelene Webb QC, National Native Title Tribunal
Janine Coombs, Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
Christine Fewings, Federal Court of Australia
Jana Stewart, Right People for Country Program
Chair – David Bryson, Resolve Advisors
11.30am Morning Tea
12pm How to Develop a Respectful Practice – Sharing and Reflecting on Experience
Bronwyn Penrith, Moreton Consulting
1pm Lunch
2pm Participatory Workshops
 David Bryson, Jim Cyngler and Bronwyn Penrith
3.45pm Afternoon Tea
4.15pm The Future for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities 
Matthew Storey – CEO, Native Title Services Victoria
5pm Close


For more information please visit the Native Title Services Victoria Website: