Townsville FREE Event: Conflict Resolution Week

17 08 2015

CR Week 2015


The Family Law Pathway’s Network (FLPN), Family Relationship Centre, Centacare NQ, JCU Conflict Management and Resolution Program and the Conflict Resolvers’ Network ( are pleased to support a Townsville event in celebration of Conflict Resolution Week.

Please come and join us for this FREE event.


When: Wednesday 9th September

Time: 4pm – 5:30pm

Where: JCU City Campus, Townsville (City Arcade, 373-385 Flinders Street Mall, Level 3)

RSVP: Please email to RSVP for catering purposes



We will hear short presentations from two guest speakers. Dr. Samantha Hardy will discuss the role of the ombudsman and working with people in conflict. Caroline Paul, a solicitor with Legal Aid Queensland, will talk about conflict resolution within a legal aid context.

This is an open event to anyone interested in hearing from the speakers and meeting people in the conflict resolution field. Please feel free to share this email and attached flyer with others in your networks.

For the PDF Flyer please click here: Conflict Resolution Week

Job: Training Administrator – LEADR IAMA

3 08 2015








  • Location: Sydney
  • $55,000 – $60,000 plus superannuation
  • Convenient CBD location close to Wynyard and Circular Quay
  • Mature collaborative team environment.

For more information and to apply please click here

About the Client

The LEADR & IAMA is the largest not-for-profit membership organisation in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region representing dispute resolution professionals including arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators. The association promotes the use of dispute resolution, offering high quality DR practitioner skills and DR services to members; it provides training, assessment and accreditation to members and provides referrals, advice and services to business, government and the community.

LEADR & IAMA have offices in Sydney (Australia) and Wellington (New Zealand)

About the Role
Reporting to the General Manager in the Sydney office, this position will be responsible for building strong relationships with members and potential members, assisting them on a learning pathway from training registration, through assessment processes and accreditation systems across a broad range of Dispute Resolution (DR) processes.

Your role and responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Administering learning programs to ensure a high quality service
  • Promoting the services of the association
  • Answering inquiries related to the learning program to ensure high enrollments
  • Encouraging enquirers to progress on a learning pathway
  • Maintaining accurate records in and generating reports from the database
  • Coordinating teaching, coaching and assessment teams
  • Providing enrolment administration and support
  • Working with logistics to ensure completion of training preparation
  • Processing and communicating completion of learning, assessment and accreditation
  • Collaborating with other team members to develop and improve the learning experience for members and clients and the efficiency and effectiveness of administration for the staff team

Job: Writing/Editing Services Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding – Home-based

30 07 2015

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Application Deadline : 02-Aug-15


For further information visit the UNDP jobs site. 

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. With offices in more than 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is uniquely positioned to advocate for transformative change, connect countries to the knowledge and resources they require to promote sustainable human development and to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations at the country level.

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) of UNDP has the responsibility of developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. UNDP, through the Governance and Peacebuilding (G&P) Cluster of BPPS, ensures inclusive and effective democratic governance by bringing together its ability to advocate, advise, foster impartial spaces for dialogue, achieve consensus and build institutions.

The Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding team is one of the four teams within the G&P Cluster. The work of the team focuses on three main substantive thematic areas: Capacities for conflict prevention and management; Facilitation, dialogue and consensus building; and Conflict analysis and assessment.

As part of these efforts, the team is leading the development of various knowledge products in order to capture, learn from and build on UNDP’s knowledge and practical experience in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. UNDP is in a particularly privileged position due to identify lessons and opportunities in this area of work, based on its strong capacities for conflict assessment and process support, the effective network of Peace and Development Advisers deployed in partnership with DPA, and the mutually reinforcing collaboration within the UN system provide, as well as the longstanding experience in capacity-building and mediation support on the ground.

Duties and Responsibilities
The LTA will assist the team in finalizing knowledge products, supporting the editing of the documents, and providing technical expertise in reviewing the substantive content of the papers, to ensure completeness, accuracy, and appropriate language.

The scope of work will vary depending on the assignment but would include one or various of the below deliverables:

  • Draft and/or edit manuscripts to ensure clarity, consistency and readability of the text for the intended audience;
  • Under the guidance of the UNDP task manager and authors/specialists, assemble all chapters/sections; suggesting re-writing as necessary, adding/editing boxes of interest, tables and charts bringing the manuscript to full completion including all necessary components (table of contents, foreword, preface, introduction, bibliography, tables, annexes, boxes, etc.), depending on the product and the tasks set in the Terms of Reference;
  • Review the accuracy of substantive content and information in the documents, including references to case studies;
  • Produce draft succinct articles for UNDP public website and other media channels, including blogs, based on key knowledge products, publications and other products under the responsibility of UNDP researchers and senior policy advisors;
  • Follow the UNDP stylesheet which will be provided;
  • Point out factual inconsistencies, inconsistencies in arguments, political nuances, faulty logic, and awkward or unclear passages and suggest solutions;
  • Ensure all references are in order, requesting source information for tables and figures when such information is missing;
  • Ensure timely incorporation of feedback received from internal and external peer reviewers into draft manuscripts;
  • As appropriate, work closely with the consultant graphic designer or photographer to develop ideas for infographics, charts and images that creatively convey key messages/data in the manuscript;
  • Proof-read final texts as laid out by designer to ensure text and associated graphics are error free.
Functional Competencies:

  • Substantive and technical expertise in one or more of the following issues:
  • Conflict prevention and resolution;
  • Governance and peacebuilding;
  • Conflict analysis/assessment tools and doing conflict analysis from a development perspective;
  • Outstanding knowledge of facilitation/training, process and co-ordination skills;
  • Good understanding of UNDP programming modalities, particularly in crisis and post-conflict settings is an asset.

Conference: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Indigenous Communities (ADRIC)

8 07 2015



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:

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

FNQ panel 2015_3

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

state gov vicmental health

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

Consular general

Current Vacancies

Applications are now open for the position of Development Advisor. For further information visit



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



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