Welcome to NMC2019
In the spirit of respect, wherever and whenever we may meet, we acknowledge the Indigenous peoples of the whole of Australia, including the ACT region, as the traditional custodians of this land.
On behalf of the Board of National Mediation Conferences Ltd and of the Conference Design Committee (NMC2019), we are delighted to welcome everyone to the National Mediation Conference convening in Canberra in April 2019, where we will also celebrate the Conference’s 25th birthday.
In 1992, the first Conference convened in Adelaide with the theme “Family Mediation in Australia: Current Issues and Future Directions”. It has come a long way since then. In 2019, we are in the future to which those pioneers were referring. Our theme maintains that future focus “Over the Horizon: Expanding the Dispute Resolution Landscape”.
During its history, the Conference’s view of that landscape has been constantly developing, and, in 2019, we welcome mediators as well as the full scope of dispute resolvers, including conciliators, restorative justice practitioners, facilitators, and peace-builders. The Conference Design Committee has amassed an extraordinary mix of practical and theoretical perspectives across many aspects of Dispute Resolution, with equal appeal to our sector’s newest practitioners, and to those among you who are highly experienced and respected.
We welcome the practitioners, innovators, researchers, policy-makers, and thought leaders of our community to a truly exciting few days together in Canberra, and look forward to seeing you all.