Council for Australian Dispute Resolution

Since its inception, CADR has aimed to:

  • Nationally, present an industry voice to government about the varied interests and concerns of dispute resolution practitioners.
  • Internationally, form a platform of institutional support that serves as a focal point in developing Australia as a major Asia-Pacific centre for resolving cross-border disputes.

In 2018 the Australian Industry Forum for Dispute Resolution rebranded as the Council for Australian Dispute Resolution. Established in 2014 the Council is made up of industry related, not-for-profit institutions dedicated to facilitating the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes in Australia and Australia’s ADR profile internationally.

CADR developed out of the need for a key consultation group to link the dispute resolution industry to Government on national and international issues relevant to ADR practitioners. Following the amalgamation of NADRAC into the Attorney General’s Department in late 2013, the former Chairman of NADRAC and the Australian Dispute Resolution Association took the lead in inviting major dispute resolution organisations to form an industry Steering Committee.

The initial Steering Committee has since developed into the current Council members

  • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • Australian Disputes Centre (ADC)
  • Australian Dispute Resolution Association (ADRA)
  • Australian Maritime Arbitration Commission (AMTAC)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia (CIArb)
  • Resolution Institute (RI)
  • Victorian Association of Dispute Resolution (VADR)

On 14 May 2014, the industry held its first forum and a Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from the above organisations, agreed to accepted Terms of Reference. The Terms of Reference were endorsed by the Steering Committees again in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Since its inception in 2014, the Council has seen enormous developments in the Australian dispute resolution landscape including:

  • The amalgamation of LEADR and IAMA to form Resolution Institute in 2014.
  • The amalgamation of ACDC and AIDC to form the Australian Disputes Centre in 2015.
  • The integration of PCERA into ACICA in 2020.

1.The development of contact among all non-government dispute resolution industry entities with a view to enabling those entities to develop and maintain lines of communication with one another on matters relating to:

  • Effective dispute management in all areas of the Australian community, economy and workplace.
  • The needs and activity of government in the dispute resolution field.
  • Common interests within the dispute resolution industry.

2. The development and utilisation of a line of communication with government in pursuit of greater use of dispute resolution in the Australian community, economy and workplace.

In pursuit of Terms of Reference 1 and 2 above, the Council shall:

  1. Encourage contact between dispute resolution industry entities on matters common to dispute resolution industry needs.
  2. Arrange a periodic forum of dispute resolution industry entities.
  3. Alert the industry of matters requiring submission to government encouraging or opposing government decision as needed, whether singly by entities or in concert.
  4. Manage a website which provides information to and acts as a means of contact among industry entities on matters relevant to these terms of reference.

CADR recognises other Australian dispute resolution Special Interest Groups, including:

  • Ombudsman
  • COAT
  • Anglicare