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NMAS to AMDRAS Transition Rules

Important Message to NMAS Members

Re:  Transition to AMDRAS

This email went out from the Mediator Standards Board on the 5th April 2024.


Further to our previous notices about the NMAS amendments please note the Board has agreed to transitional rules which are attached.  These will guide you through the changeover process to the new AMDRAS system.  Note also that in early May we will provide you with both a copy of the new AMDRAS Standards and a number of guidelines to aid RMABs, mediators and trainers to both understand and accommodate the changes.

In summary, the transitional rules will provide all training and accreditation bodies with a period of 12 months to transition from NMAS to AMDRAS.  During this time existing RMABs and accredited mediators will be automatically re-registered under the new system with the opportunity to begin training and accrediting to the AMDRAS Standard.  The transition period will begin on 1 July 2024 and last until 30 June 2025.

Complimentary to this process the Board will be calling a General Meeting of MSB members to consider:

  • a number of constitutional changes and
  • a change of name from the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) to Australian Mediator and Dispute Resolution Accreditation Standards (AMDRAS) Board

This meeting will occur in early June 2024 and a Notice will be provided well beforehand.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Dr Peter Condliffe
Chair – Mediator Standards Board
5 April 2024


Key Information

The effective date is the day that the transition to the Australian Mediator and Dispute Resolution Accreditation Standards (AMDRAS) commences.  This date is the 1st July 2024. 

The transition date is the day that NMAS no longer applies and the AMDRAS system will be in force. This date is the 1st July 2025. 

  • From the Effective Date all Recognised Mediator Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) will become Recognised Accreditation Providers (RAPs) until the transition date. 
  • All NMAS Accredited Mediators will become Registered Practitioners AMDRAS until 31.12.2025 or your re-accreditation date (whichever is the latter) without having to meet the AMDRAS requirements. 
  • Those who are in the process of becoming NMAS Accredited Mediators will be able to complete the process according to the time limits set by the NMAS
    • 24 months to complete the training
    • 6 months from completing the training to complete the assessment 
    • 6 months from completing the assessment to apply for accreditation. 
Please review the full document for the details.