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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

30 June 2004 113/2004

FUNDING FOR IMPROVED ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, today announced a grant of $30,000 to National Mediation Conference Limited to facilitate the development of national standards for mediator accreditation.

“The Government considers that the development of a national accreditation system for mediators is central both to achieving higher quality mediation services, and their acceptance, both nationally and internationally,” Mr Ruddock said.

“This will contribute in turn towards an improved civil justice system and a less litigious society.”

The Seventh National Mediation Conference, organised by the National Mediation Conference Limited, begins today in Darwin and runs until 2 July 2004.

As part of this year’s conference the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) is running a workshop on mediator accreditation.

NADRAC is an independent advisory body which provides the Attorney-General with policy advice on the development of efficient and effective ways of resolving disputes without the need for a judicial decision.

The $30,000 grant from the Australian Government will allow the National Mediation Conference Limited to build on the outcomes of the workshop by consulting with relevant professional and industry groups with a view to developing common standards of mediator accreditation.

“I welcome the National Mediation Conference Limited’s work in organising conferences for mediators and wish participants in the Seventh National Mediation Conference well in progressing the issue of mediator accreditation,” Mr Ruddock said.

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