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ADRA Membership

ADRA Membership

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Levels of Membership

ADRA welcomes many types of Members. ADRA Members include the following:

  • Practitioner Members - ADRA's Practitioner Members are dispute resolvers and are eligible to apply for accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS). Practitioner Membership alone does not include accreditation under NMAS. ADRA provides special events for its Practitioner Members. There are two levels of our Practitioner Membership:
    • NMAS Practitioner Member (those who have accreditation with NMAS).
    • Non-NMAS Practitioner Member (those who do not have accreditation with NMAS).
  • Organisational Members - ADRA's Organisational Members come from a diversity of backgrounds. They include dispute resolution organisations, government departments, courts and tribunals. An initial four representatives receive Membership of ADRA, with additional representatives offered Membership upon request and the payment of an additional fee.
  • Non-practitioner Members - Non-practitioner members are committed to dispute resolution principles. These are usually retired members or those whom have previously been dispute resolvers, but no longer practice dispute resolution. They are keen to stay in contact with the ADRA community.
  • Student Members - ADRA's Student Members are students who are interested in dispute resolution. ADRA's Student Members are not receiving an income. 

ADRA's membership is annual. All members pay a full year subscription upon joining and will be invited to renew their membership near the anniversary of the date they joined ADRA.

Becoming a Nationally Accredited Member

ADRA's Practitioner Members may apply to become Nationally Accredited Mediators if they meet the National Accreditation requirements. The requirements are expressed in the National Mediation Accreditation Standards, and are outlined in the Application Form for National Accreditation. National accreditation through ADRA incurs an additional fee of $100 for a 2 year period. The National Mediation Accreditation Standards and the Application Form for National Accreditation can be downloaded below.

ADRA Peer Support Program

ADRA offers a peer support program that includes our executive members making contact to introduce themselves to ADRA members. The aim of the call is to offer each of our members an opportunity to present their own work either via seminar or publication on our website, or anything else the members might like to offer. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points are available for the amount of time spent on peer support. In addition, if an ADRA member organises a group of 3 or more people, we can supply a coordinator for group peer support at a suitable venue or via teleconference at a cost of $10 per person for ADRA members and $25 per person for non-members.

The role also includes general networking to ensure the needs of ADRA members are met. This is a very important initiative in this current climate given that our members now more than ever need to have a direct point of contact for any concerns they may have about their membership or about DR in general. ADRA's aim is to offer a personal service to assist all its members through this changing DR landscape.

Professional Indemnity Insurance for ADRA Members

Members can obtain professional indemnity insurance from GIO. Premium for members of ADRA for a $1,000,000 limit is $200 plus GST and Stamp Duty. GIO has agreed to provide ADRA members with automatic run off cover if they retire during the policy period. To obtain this benefit of membership when arranging insurance:

  1. let GIO know you are an ADRA member, and
  2. you need to put mediator ADRA member in the employment section of their application.

Contact Samantha Bridger at All Solutions Insurance Services on 0437 712 753, or send her an email message here.

Click here for a link to GIO’s website if you would like more information or to obtain a quotation or policy.