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Challenges for mediation practice in Australia: Standards for ADR: the balancing act

Syme, David
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Paper presented at the Reconciliation: Conversations Beyond Cultural Boundaries conference, held in Adelaide, South Australia, 29 November -December 1. Adelaide, South Australia: University of South Australia, Asia Pacific Mediation Forum. Downloaded 3 August 2004.

In Australia, the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) is a key policy body on alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It was established in 1995 to provide advice to the Attorney-General on the development of high quality, economical, and efficient ways of resolving disputes outside of the formal judicial process. Here David Syme, of the NADRAC Secretariat, examines how NADRAC has attempted a balance between competing considerations and needs in the development of ADR standards.


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