About ADRA

Who we are

The Australian Dispute Resolution Association Inc. (ADRA) brings together dispute resolution practitioners to provide them with the following:

  • an opportunity to become Nationally Accredited Mediators under the Mediator Standards Board
  • professional indemnity insurance
  • networking events
  • seminars and workshops

ADRA was established in 1986 and has been at the forefront of dispute resolution in Australia.  We embrace all forms of dispute resolution and we pride ourself not only in our heritage, but in our commitment to future development of dispute resolution.


ADRA has formed links with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), particularly with the APS Interest Group, Dispute Resolution and Psychology (DR&Psych), and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL). ADRA is also forging links with the Global Leadership Program at Macquarie University and hopes that it can attract the younger generation to dispute resolution.

ADRA's Board

The ADRA Board works with ADRA Members to ensure that ADRA undertakes activities that respond to the needs of Members. The ADRA Board is elected annually, and all ADRA Members have an opportunity to seek to represent other Members on the ADRA Board.

  • President | Assistant Secretary: Dr Katherine Johnson
  • Vice President: Ms Helen Miedzinski
  • Secretary: Ms Wendy Buchanan
  • Treasurer: Ms Margaret McCue
  • Assistant Treasurer: Mr Andrew Wong
  • Accreditation Officers: Ms Cheryl Bryan | Mr Dennis Nolan
  • Membership Officers: Ms Wendy Buchanan | Cheryl Bryan | Dennis Nolan
  • Board Members: Mr Sam Bektas, Ms Jae Hee Yoon

Life Members

  • Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, KStJ, QC (1926-2018)
  • Micheline Dewdney
  • Linda Fisher
  • Allan Parker
  • Ruth Charlton


  • Dr Anne Ardagh (2015)
  • Prof Laurence Boulle (2015) 
  • Mary Walker (2017)
  • Dr Katherine Johnson (2018)

Distinguished Member

  • Paula Castile (2018)
  • Enkhee Sharav (2020)
  • Andrew Wong (2021)

Posthumous Award

ADRA's Complaint Handling System

ADRA is proud to be at the forefront of dispute resolution complaint handling. ADRA brought together representatives of a number of leading dispute resolution organisations in 2006-2007 with the aim of developing a cutting edge complaint handling system that incorporated the ethos of dispute resolution. ADRA proudly offers this complaint handling system to users of dispute resolution who have undertaken dispute resolution that was managed by an ADRA Member.  Click here for a copy of the ADRA Complaint Handling Policy.

Would you like more information about ADRA?

Have a problem, a question, a dispute?
Get in touch with one of our board members to find out more.

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