On behalf of ADRAC, Ruth McColl AO SC, as Chair of ADRAC, is pleased to announce the release of ADRAC’s Conciliation Discussion Paper.

Australia has proven to be a large user of conciliation since the 19th century. Conciliation is embedded in the Australian Constitution as an ADR process. Parliaments across Australia have picked up conciliation as a dispute resolution mechanism, embedded in over 90 pieces of legislation.

ADRAC’s Discussion Paper is the culmination of almost three years work. It is the largest known study of conciliation in Australia.

The Paper includes the results of literature reviews, an extensive study of Territory, State and Commonwealth legislation, interviews and workshops with conciliators and conciliation managers, reviews of conciliation material on websites of conciliation entities, online surveys, a study of advertisements  for conciliators, and focus groups of conciliators in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.


ADRAC publishes here its Discussion Paper on Conciliation in Australia.  The Appendices to the Discussion Paper can be found here.

ADRAC seeks submissions from any interested person or entity, before publication of a final report. Submissions should be addressed to and received by 4.00pm, 1 December 2019.

Telephone enquiries may be made by ringing Jeremy Gormly (a member of the ADRAC Council), on 0400 19 09 53.



ADRAC publishes an annual report each year. Those reports are available for download from the links below.



ADRAC makes submissions to enquiries and reviews about ADR issues.
A selection of those submissions are published below.



ADRAC has compiled a list of non-private, public interest organisations involved in dispute resolution.
ADRAC invites suggestions of other like organisations that might be included.

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From time to time ADRAC receives or identifies articles about a range of ADR issues. A selection of those articles are published on this page.
ADRAC has selected these articles because they express interesting and topical ideas. ADRAC does necessarily agree with, or endorse, what the authors have written. Nevertheless, ADRAC hopes that this collection of articles will inspire discussion and debate about ADR.