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New Report Explores Indigenous Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in Australia

October 13, 2009

…This report identifies a number of critical factors for effective practice which are designed to assist practitioners and others involved in the design and delivery of a dispute management
process. They highlight the importance of parties’ ownership of processes, of careful preparation, and of working with the parties to design processes which can meet their procedural, substantive and emotional needs. Critical factors also relate to the implementation and sustainability of agreements, and the attributes and skills of effective practitioners in the Indigenous context.

…The report also examines the need for various kinds of support, without which effective practices cannot be realised, and presents a series of strategies for implementing effective practice to assist those with responsibilities for the development and delivery of dispute management services. Identified strategies relate to:

…A national investment in an effective Indigenous dispute management service would ultimately create significant social and economic benefits. It would enhance the potential for
sustainable partnerships with Indigenous peoples, avoid the costs of Indigenous contact with the criminal justice system, and strengthen governance and social cohesion in Indigenous
communities. The functions of a national Indigenous dispute management service are therefore integral to ‘closing the gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage and to the building of safer, self-sustaining Indigenous communities.


A full-text version of Solid work you mob are doing: Case studies in Indigenous dispute resolution and conflict management in Australia is available from the website of the Federal Court of Australia.



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