NQFLP Network Dinner and Panel, 2015

30 06 2015

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On Thursday 25th June NQ FLP Network presented a dinner and panel discussion on “Supporting Children’s Wellbeing During Family Breakdown.”

The panel was facilitated by Mr Mike Reynolds and the guest panelists included Dr Rachael Field, Dr Andrew Bickerdike, Janice Mayes, Florence Onus and Registrar Laurie Boyd.

The panel was informative and discussed themes including how to measure child and family wellbeing; cultural, social and emotional support available to children during a family breakdown and the relationship between the law, ADR and families.

A number of Conflict Management and Resolution students and graduates were in attendance and enjoyed the evening.

Claire, Camilla and Renee

Claire, Camilla and Renee

Carol, Caroline and Filitsa

Carol, Caroline and Filitsa

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Facilitator Mike Reynolds and panellists Registrar Laurie Boyd, Dr Rachael Field, Dr Andrew Bickerdike, Janice Mayes and Florence Onus

Job: Senior Resolution Officer / Resolution Officer

29 06 2015

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Join the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner Resolutions and Review team

The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner works to resolve complaints in a way that safeguards rights, supports recovery and improves services – and build the capacity of services to do the same.

They are currently looking for two skilled and experienced people to join their Resolutions and Review team.

Click through to find out more and apply.

Position Vacant: Development Advisor

5 06 2015

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Current Vacancies

Applications are now open for the position of Development Advisor. For further information visit http://www.newyork.usa.embassy.gov.au/nycg/PosVacDevAdv.html



The Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations – New York invites applications for the position of Development Advisor for a start date in late July 2015.

The terms of employment will be in accordance with the New York-Based Staff Employee Handbook. Employment will be offered on a contract basis, for an initial period of two years, with an annual salary of US$103,030. Continued employment is subject to successful completion of a 3 month probation period.

The Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations – New York offers a package that includes recreation and personal days, medical and dental benefits, employee assistance program and a pension plan.

The Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations – New York will not be responsible for any costs incurred when applying for a US visa, relocation costs, nor the return of the officer and family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.
Job Description
The Development Advisor in New York advances Australia’s interests by influencing global international development policy in various forums including the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, UN Executive Boards and bilaterally with various member states of the UN.

The Advisor manages Australia’s interests at the United Nations in New York, with respect to the effectiveness, performance and operations of the UN development system, Australia’s funding and partnerships with UN agencies, and a range of development and peacebuilding policy issues including norm setting and advancing the global development agenda

Tasks and Functions
• Provide technical analysis and advice on the UN development system and intergovernmental processes to UNNY Post and Canberra, including through cables
• Provide technical advice through intergovernmental negotiations related to governance, contract and legal issues, transparency and accountability, results based management, funding and budgeting, risk management and institutional reform initiatives.
• Manage Australia’s partnerships and dialogue with UN development and peacebuilding agencies in New York
• Represent Australian in multilateral negotiations on select development policy issues including Financing for Development, peace/security and development, governance, poverty eradication, and private sector development.
• Provide statements, briefs, cables and reports for HOM and senior management on UN operational, development policy and partnership-related issues
• Organise events and programs for high-level visits, including UNGA Leaders Week.
• Represent Australia at official meetings, events and receptions related to development and peacebuilding issues, to build constructive working relationships with representatives of other member states in order to advance Australia’s interests

Selection Criteria

• Demonstrated knowledge of the structures and functioning of the UN development system and its composite agencies, including governance and institutional arrangements, policies, strategies and plans, budgets, funding arrangements, and programmatic challenges and limitations.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the Australian aid program and national priorities, interests and positions, and ability to apply these in the context of technical and political processes.
• Sound understanding of Australian policies regarding due diligence in contracts and partnerships, and ability to link these with processes and debates on risk, accountability and governance.
• Understanding of political positions, interests and agendas of other member states, in order to predict and interpret the way these manifest in negotiations and debates, and identify and mitigate financial, programmatic and reputational risk to Australia
• Technical knowledge of development, humanitarian and peacebuilding policy issues and practice
• Demonstrated skills in representations negotiation, written and verbal communication, analysis, cross-cultural communication, organisational and logistics issues, and working as part of a team.
• Ability to demonstrate grace under pressure, to manage competing priorities and to facilitate burden sharing and efficiencies with partners.
• Completed undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field (such as international relations, international development, law, economics or public administration).
• At least four years work experience in an associated field.

Security designated position
Owing to Australian national security regulations:
• Applicants must be Australian Citizens to satisfy security requirements.
• Applicants can be dual citizens with the following countries only: New Zealand, Britain and Canada.

Applicants must be willing to undergo security checks necessary to obtain an Australian National Security clearance


7th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Conference, October 7-9, 2015.

26 05 2015


Deadline for early-bird registration and abstracts extended to May 31, 2015.

The Indonesian Institute for Conflict Transformation (IICT) and the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) Executive Committee proudly welcome you to the 7th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Conference, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 7-9 of October, 2015. This conference is supported by the Indonesian Mediation Centre (PMN), Mawar Saron Legal Aid Institution, the Indonesian Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators and LEADR/IAMA Australia. The theme of the conference is “Synergizing Eastern and Western Constructs of Mediation towards Better Understanding” and aims to explore the richness of the diverse approaches to mediation to nurture better cross-cultural understanding and to enhance collaborative dispute resolution processes and settlements in the region.

Please click this link for further information about the APMF- www.asiapacificmediationforum.org – and this link for more information about the conference – www.apmf-jakarta.com

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner- Regional Victoria (Full time)

26 05 2015


  • Assist families and children resolve break ups
  • Live in an affordable, idyllic, country location on the Murray River
  • Hands-on work where you can make a difference

Our client is a highly regarded Community organisation who has a reputation for improving the lives of the local community. An opportunity has emerged for a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) to join the team and get hands-on work with the Swan Hill community.

The Swan Hill region is home to everything that is wonderful in life. A region rich in culture, bathed in sunshine, blessed with a bounty of delicious local produce and home to great dining, wine and shopping. All this surrounded by the country’s most beautiful natural asset, the Murray River.

Lifestyle is affordable and this role has worklife balance.

As a registered FDRP you will work closely with both individual clients and families seeking assistance with relationship issues. To provide intake, assessment, support, referral advice in appropriate cases to resolve disputes and develop parenting plans.

There is also an educational component to provide community development and community education activities to raise awareness of family issues.

The role will be challenging, rewarding and varied and very hands-on. You will undertake intake, assessment, information and referral advice, support, safety screening and  plans for families and individuals seeking assistance.

You will independently manage cases, undertake appropriate screening, assess and refer appropriate allocated cases for Family Dispute Resolution. You will also prepare and coach clients to participate effectively in the mediation process, conduct joint parenting planning sessions if appropriate, mediate in appropriate cases to resolve
disputes and issue Certificates as per the requirements of the Family Law Act.

The role requires you to provide case management services where appropriate, develop and review parenting plans. You will work closely with the local community including Indigenous clients and attend Swan Hill Koori Court as rostered and
community events.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

· Tertiary qualifications relevant to community welfare practice, i.e. Social Work, Psychology, Law, Social Science, with experience in counselling and family dispute resolution.

· A broad understanding of relevant legislative requirements as they relate to this field of practice for example; child support, child protection and family violence.

· A willingness to travel and preparedness to be accommodated overnight when required.

· Demonstrated relevant experience in community development initiatives.

· Demonstrated ability and experience in working with individuals and families.

· Demonstrated ability to deliver community education sessions.

· Capacity to undertake reviews, collect data and meet all Quality Assurance requirements.

· Well developed report writing and presentation skills.


If you are interested in applying and want further information, contact admin@eliasrecruitment.com.

Please send any CV’s in MS Word format (preferably NOT pdf)

Elias Recruitment
(02) 9362 1859

Careers at Financial Ombudsman Service Australia

25 05 2015



The Financial Ombudsman Service employs a group of highly qualified professionals whose expertise in areas such as alternative dispute resolution, law, accountancy, financial markets, insurance and superannuation contribute significantly to the quality of the dispute resolution service provided by the Financial Ombudsman Service. The Service also employs skilled professionals in areas such as information technology and administration.

Financial Ombudsman Service staff must be committed to achieving fair and just outcomes to disputes in an independent and impartial manner.  While a legal qualification is not necessary for all Financial Ombudsman Service positions, an interest in the law and its application in the financial services sector, is essential.

The Financial Ombudsman Service offers a friendly work environment with an emphasis on work/life balance as well as professional development.

Current Vacancies include:

  • General Manager – Code Compliance Monitoring
  • Chief Executive Officer – Code Compliance Monitoring Committee
  • Case Manager
  • Conciliator
  • Membership development Adviser

For more information visit http://fos.org.au/about-us/careers-home/


The Community and Legal Sector Information Expo, 2015

5 05 2015

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The Community and Legal Sector Information Expo was held on Thursday 30th April by the NQ Family Law Pathways Network. This event brought together professionals working within the Family Law System to undertake facilitated professional development within an expo style format. Around 24 peak Family Law Organisations and programs attended in order to present information to participants. Claire Holland attended on behalf of the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution Program.


Claire Holland at the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution information table

Claire Holland at the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution information table


Participants engaging with exhibitors at the Expo

Participants engaging with exhibitors at the Expo


Participants engaging with exhibitors at the Expo

Participants engaging with exhibitors at the Expo

The facilitated Expo style saw participants presented with a number of specially tailored case studies that meant they had to engage meaningfully with each exhibitor to understand how each service could inform their case study and how the different services compliment each other and work together in practice. It was a wonderful event and well facilitated by the Master of Ceremonies Mike Reynolds and Hon Scott Stewart.


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