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Speech for Dispute Resolution Forum Anniversary

Welcome everyone to this celebration of the very first anniversary of what we have called the Dispute Resolution Industry Forum. For those that do not know me, my name is Katherine Johnson and I am the current president of ADRA, the Australian Dispute Resolution Association. ADRA is the only voluntary membership organisation in the Dispute Resolution landscape that can boast 30 years of continuous service next year, ie 2016. More details about that celebration closer to the time. For now, I hope to give you a brief summary of how we got to where we are as the DR Industry Forum and a brief outline of what we hope will assist you today to consider the possibility of creating a unified voice with which to approach Government about the needs and concerns of the DR industry both on a National and International basis.


Dispute Resolution Forum on 14 May 2015

The Steering Committee for the Dispute Resolution Forum (DRF) met on 5 March and organised a draft program for 14 May 2015 meeting of the Forum. The steering committee also met via teleconference on 31 March at 3:30pm to further edit the program for 14 May. It is proposed that the morning session for 14 May will invite each organisation to give a short presentation of their response to the proposed Forum Charter in relation to their perceived strengths and weaknesses if the Charter is adopted. The afternoon session is anticipated to be a planning session based on the views presented in the morning re the vision of the Forum as a united voice to Government. It was agreed that the ADRA board would get a copy of the Charter sent to the invitees for the ADRA April meeting in order to address ADRA's response as an invitee to the Forum.


DRAFT DR Industry Forum Steering Group -- Terms of Reference


On 14 May 2014, a full day forum of most of the membership and other major non-government Dispute Resolution (DR) Industry entities met to consider two questions which in broad terms were;

  1. What actions were needed to provide a line of communication between Government and the DR industry on DR issues?
  2. What could the DR industry entities do to increase the use of DR techniques in the community

The Forum concluded its work on 14 May 2014 with, among other things, an invitation to the organizing Steering Group to continue its work towards those questions and with a view to a further DR Industry Forum.


DR INDUSTRY FORUM - 14 May 2014 - Feedback Notes





Opening and purposes by Jeremy Gormly SC, immediate past Chair of NADRAC


The ADR landscape today 

Chaired by Jeremy Gormly SC

  • Mediation – Prof Laurence Boulle
  • Arbitration and adjudication – Warren Fisher
  • Future flexibility in ADR – Prof Tania Sourdin

Morning tea


Developing an industry voice to be heard by government on ADR issues
Facilitated by Fiona Hollier, member of Industry Forum Steering Committee

  • To what extent is an industry-wide, practical approach which enables authoritative lobbying on ADR issues appropriate and practical?
  • What form could such an approach take?



Developing industry strategies for increasing the uptake of ADR in the community, business and government
Facilitated by Mary Walker, member of Industry Forum Steering Committee

  • What practical ideas do we have for increasing the use of ADR?
  • In what ways can these practical ideas be implemented – by combined effort, by individual organisations, by individual ADR practitioners, by …?

Afternoon tea


Where to from now?

Facilitated by Margaret Hal smith, former NADRAC member 


Close and invitation to drinks by Jeremy Gormly SC




AGM President’s Report 24 July 2014

ADRA has had another successful year in 2013-2014 despite the difficulties within the dispute resolution industry during that period. In particular the recent initiatives of the Federal Government to 'absorb' NADRAC into the Attorney General's department in November 2013 and the request of the Australian Government's Productivity Commission (Investigation of Access to Justice Arrangements in Australia) to canvass the role of dispute resolution in the civil area, alerted ADRA to the need for a unified voice from the DR industry with which to lobby government.

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