Contracting Opportunity – Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Administrative Appeals Tribunal – Early Case Assessment and Resolution

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is seeking proposals from individuals to assist with Early Case Assessment and Resolution (ECAR) at the AAT. Suitably qualified and experienced individuals will be engaged on an as-needed basis and will typically conduct conferences and conciliations to cover periods of leave and workload peaks.

Conditions for Participation:

Good character, Legal qualificationsAccredited mediator, Professional indemnity insurance

The following qualifications are mandatory:

  • A recognised degree in Laws of an Australian tertiary institution or comparable overseas qualifications, which, in the opinion of the Registrar, is appropriate to the duties of the office or Admission as a practitioner, however described, of the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory.
  • Training, accreditation or qualifications in mediation, arbitration, conflict coaching or other relevant conferences.


$350 – $600 per day (as a contractor i.e. not including tax, superannuation or insurance).



The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is seeking proposals from individuals to assist with the Early Case Assessment and Resolution (ECAR) at the AAT.

The extension of the casual panel for ECAR services will allow the AAT to flexibly engage suitably experienced individuals on an as-needed basis. Panelists have typically been engaged to conduct conferences and conciliations in the General and Other Divisions to temporarily cover periods of Conference Registrar leave or assist with workload peaks. The AAT wants to extend the range of ECAR services to other caseloads in other divisions.


The range of duties will vary but may include:

  1. Triaging, assessing risk and prioritising case management responses.
  2. Working on caseloads with a particular expertise such as NDIS matters and certain types of migration visa cases.
  3. Establishing processes and capability in specialist caseload management and techniques.
  4. Engaging with represented and self-represented parties to define and clarify the issues in dispute.
  5. Conducting file reviews, identifying gaps in information, and setting timetables for the provision of further information.
  6. Preparing parties for participation in AAT proceedings including ADR and hearing processes.
  7. Conducting ADR processes to facilitate consent agreements.

For more information, Click Here to Apply

Locations: Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart. 

Applications close on 18 May 2018.


For more details, contact Mediation Institute.


Career opportunities

There are a range of career opportunities open to qualified mediators. They approach or approaches you take will depend on your personal goals, experience and attitude to work.

Option One: Working for someone else

There are a number of different services that employ people how need dispute resolution qualifications.

  • Family Dispute Resolution Services – they will require you to have or be completing qualifications to become FDR Accredited.
  • Community Mediation Service – these may offer FDR or more general mediation requiring NMAS Accreditation
  • Ombudsman services – require people with dispute resolution skills
  • Court mediation services – require NMAS Accredited Mediators
  • Private mediation business – may employ or contract mediators 
  • Mediator / dispute resolution role – larger businesses have dispute resolution roles within a business or organisation. These may be dedicated roles or as part of another role.
  • Employee Assistance Programs – many employee assistance programs now offer dispute resolution as well as counselling.

Option Two: Working for yourself

  • Contracting to one of the types of organisations above
  • Running your own Family Dispute Resolution Practice
  • Working with others to run a FDR or Mediation business
  • Providing contract mediation services to organisations
  • Dispute resolution consulting and training

Interact Support

Interact Support was established by a group of Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners and Family Lawyers including Mediation Institute Directors Joanne Law and Paul Kenna. It’s mission is to prevent family violence by helping people who have issues and disputes to resolve them before they escalate into violence.

The main services it provides are information (Interact Family Law Options Consultations), family dispute resolution by video mediation or referral to independent FDRP’s and legal advice and strategy sessions by referral to family lawyers. The not-for-profit provides internship opportunities for Mediation Institute students and the potential for ongoing contract work depending on demand.

Work Placement

Mediation Institute encourages students to make use of work placement opportunities to establish networks, gain experience and prepare a pathway to paid employment / work opportunities as a mediator.

Jobs Directory

Mediation Institute scans the job ads for mediation related jobs as well as posts information about panels and other opportunities for dispute resolution practitioners for the benefit of members.

You can find the Job’s Board Archive under the News and Event’s Menu on any page on the website. The expired jobs there will give an indication of some to the roles available.

Job opportunity in Northern Territory

Job Vacancy: General Manager, Southern Tanami Kurdiji Indigenous Corporation (Yuendumo)

The Yuendumo Community, 290 kilometres west of Alice Springs, has a population of about 1000 Warlpiri people and some 100 non-indigenous staff. Yuendumo is a dry community (no alcohol or other drugs), and this is strictly enforced. It has a clinic, a school, a police station, three retail stores and numerous other service providers. 

The Southern Tanami Kurdiji Indigenous Corporation provides Mediation and Justice (M&S) and Community Safety Patrol (CSP) services to the Yuendumo and Willoura communities. The General Manager reports to the Directors of the Corporation, who are supported by an independent accountant and advisers. The successful applicant for the position of General Manager will have a proven track record/experience in: 

* organisational management and operations;

* remote community development; 

* mediation, criminal justice or allied services;

* working respectfully with community members and staff;

* effectively and efficiently managing finances, within budgets, aiming for long-term viability and ongoing funding;

* managing funding contracts and agreements;

* sound strategic thinking and planning to contribute to the strategic direction and sustainable development of the Corporation;

* exercising financial and human resource delegations, in accordance with the authority delegated by the Board of Directors;

* implementing and maintaining corporate and operational plans, policies and procedures;

* adhering to regulatory and funding compliance requirements; and

* providing optimum client services in a challenging environment. 

An attractive remuneration package including housing and vehicle will be negotiated with the successful applicant, based on the NT Social Community Services Award.  

For an information package, email or ring John Gaynor on 0428 849 520.

Apply with three written referees to

Please ensure that you address the selection criteria, as applications that do so not will not be considered.

Other Recent Job Opportunities

Mediators Resume

Do you have a Mediators Resume?

This will be of interest for any of our members who are looking for a job, looking for private work as a mediator or wanting to list on one of our directories.

A Resume is a summary of your skills, qualifications, accreditations and achievements and provides a quick way for someone who is considering working with you to see what your skills are.

Job Hunting

Having an attractive CV is an important part of standing out if you are searching for a job. Yes it should be about your skills, qualifications and passion for your work but the reality is that the initial stage of any recruitment process is culling the applications for most employers. A scrappy, poorly formatted CV might be all it takes for you to end up in the reject pile.

Mediation Work

One thing that still surprises me is the number of mediators who don’t have a Mediators Resume. The resume should include your qualifications, accreditations, contact information and showcase either your experience as a mediator or if you don’t have much experience yet your background experience and qualifications.

Don’t leave home without it! You never know when you will be speaking with someone who knows someone who needs help with dispute resolution. If you have handy your one page resume it is a lot more effective than handing over a business card, especially if it has a bit of personality and looks great.

Resume Making Tools


I’ve just found an interesting tool that is easy to use and has a free version and pretty low cost paid version. That’s what prompted this post along with conversations with mediators who don’t have a mediators CV.

The tool is called Novoresume – Here is the link.

We are not associated with them in any way and I just found it this morning. I’ve created a resume. Using the free version I made something that I think it looks pretty good. What do you think? Joanne’s Resume (this link will download it so look where ever downloads go on the browser you use.)

Microsoft Office

The office suite has some great free templates available. If you don’t have the latest version of office get in touch as we can provide our member and students with free access to the latest version of the Microsoft tools through our Office 365 Subscription.

What other tools do you love?

If you use a different tool that you recommend let us know and we’ll update this post.


Remember to keep an eye on our Jobs Archive. You can get to it from a link on the menu or click here – Job Archive

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