Registration for the National Mediation Conference 2019 is now closed.
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Registration Information

Full registration includes access to:

  • All conference sessions
  • Exhibition
  • Conference catering
  • Welcome Reception

Attendance to the Conference Dinner is an additional cost.

  Early Bird
Last Minute
  Now Closed 1 February 2019 to 5 April 2019 6 to 15 April 2019
Full Registration Closed $995 $1,095
Full Registration – Speaker* Closed $955 $1,055
Full Registration – Concession** Closed $555 $655

All prices are inclusive of GST

*This option will become available once abstract notifications have been sent out in December.
**A valid, full-time student card, or concession card must be provided.

Day registration includes access to the following on the nominated day of registration:

  • All conference sessions
  • Exhibition
  • Conference catering

 Attendance to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner are at an additional cost.

Monday 15 April 2019 Tuesday 16 April 2019 Wednesday 17 April 2019
$655 $655 $655

All prices are inclusive of GST

A group discount of 10% is available for 10 or more registrations, in accordance with the following conditions:

  • All registrations for the group are made at the same time
  • All delegates in the group are from the same organisation

If you wish to register a group, please complete the Group Registration Form and email to

Three practice-oriented workshops will be held at the conference venue on Sunday 14 April, from 10am to 4pm. The workshops are designed to suit general interests, less experienced practitioners, and advanced/specialist practitioners.

Please see the workshop prices below:

Delegate (also attending the conference) Delegate Concession* (also attending the conference) Non-Delegate (NOT attending the conference)
Non-Delegate Concession* (NOT attending the conference)
$485 $291 $685 $411

*A valid, full-time student card, or concession card must be provided.

Please note workshop prices include attendance at one of the workshops as well as welcome coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Workshop 1: Vulnerabilities in Court-Connected Mediation


Lola Akin Ojelabi

Nina Harding

Archie Zariski

Description: So often, court-connected processes involve people whose vulnerability places them at risk in an unfamiliar, culturally alien, and highly formalised system. While immersing you in an unusual yet compelling workshop format, the three presenters will guide you through four skill sets that you can use to help vulnerable people make the most of your mediation:
• recognising vulnerability arising from different and often multiple sources
• engaging vulnerable people in the mediation process using techniques of procedural and interpersonal justice informed by therapeutic jurisprudence principles but not limiting discussion to therapeutic jurisprudence only
• keeping their legal representatives constructively involved (if they are represented), while recognising their own possible vulnerabilities (also for mediators as well – recognising their own vulnerabilities. And authenticity in engaging with difference is important to build trust) , and
• what to do when the pure facilitative approach just doesn’t seem to be working – non-paternalistic interventions to empower vulnerable people in decision making” And recognising when the pure facilitative approach may not produce the best out for vulnerable parties.

Workshop 2: Elder Mediation


Judy McCann-Beranger MA

Dr Dale Bagshaw

Description: Elder Mediation is a focused, preventative, respectful process – usually multi-party, multi-issue and intergenerational: a trained Elder Mediator facilitates discussions focusing on present strengths while assisting participants in addressing their stated concerns. This introductory training will highlight learnings from evidence-based knowledge and discuss the skills and sensitivities necessary to grow knowledge in this emerging field. The training will combine an interdisciplinary study of the theoretical foundations of Elder Mediation with practical skills development. Participants will gain understanding of how elder mediation differs from other forms of mediation and the implications of practicing in this field without some prior training. The session will be responsive to questions and issues raised by participants.

Workshop topics will include:
• The language of Elder Mediation (EM)
• Social perspectives on aging
• Assessing for elder abuse, neglect, & power
• The empathy deficit & ageism
• Certification & skills training • EM issues and process
• Workplace & the growing implications for EM
• Evolving definition of “family” in EM
• Legal & capacity issues

Who can attend: Mediators, lawyers, health care professionals, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, educators, case managers, clergy, pastoral care workers and other professionals wishing to enhance their knowledge and mediation skills in this emerging area.

For nationally accredited mediators and FDR practitioners, all hours are eligible for credit toward the Elder Mediation International Network’s (EMIN’s) Elder Mediator Certification

Workshop 3: Lewis Deep Democracy – Encouraging the Argument


Myrna Lewis

Description: The workshop will include a short introduction to Lewis Deep Democracy (LDD) and aspects of the theory that underpins it, and then focus on those LDD tools that are valuable in mediation. These tools are informed by the view that conflict has transformative potential, and that accessing this potential requires stepping into and in some contexts amplifying the tension between opposing forces. The workshop will be highly experiential providing you with techniques to create the safety needed for conflict transformation work, and tools to identify and work with the polarities intrinsic to conflict. It will introduce you to the LDD methods of the Dynamic Conversation, the Argument, and Let’s Talk.

Please note that attendance at all social functions is restricted to those 18 years and over.

Welcome Reception
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 14 April 2019
National Arboretum
Tickets: One included in full registrations
Additional Tickets: $60 each (incl. GST)

Join us as we kick start NMC2019 at the National Arboretum, home to 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Delegates can enjoy the breathtaking views of Canberra while networking with fellow industry professionals. Canapes and drinks will be provided.

Conference Dinner
Time TBC, Tuesday 16 April 2019
Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilions
Tickets: $130 each (incl. GST)

The Conference Design Committee is pleased to announce an outstanding venue for the Conference Dinner at NMC2019: The Pialligo Estate, which is located in the semi-rural enclave of Pialligo, in Canberra. The Estate includes a vineyard and winery, as well as olive grove, smokehouse, market and herb gardens and has the capacity to provide NMC delegates with a high quality meal in a relaxed and informal setting.

Dinner will include access to Garden Pavilions, at which various dinner components will be prepared “live” (e.g. smokehouse produce, paella, barbeque, dessert/cheese). Vegetarian options will be included.

Delegates will be able to mingle freely in the garden setting of the function area.

All visitors to Australia (except for New Zealand passport holders) must have a valid visa. Please refer to the following documents for more information:

Business Fact Sheet: for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for you
Visa Application Requirements Factsheet: for information on visa application requirements.

It is suggested that all visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.

Credit Card
VISA, Mastercard and AMEX are accepted. Please note that when you pay by credit card, Lasch Pty Ltd TA Conference Logistics will appear on your statement.

Credit card payments can be made online or over the phone. Please note credit card payments attract a fee. This fee will be added to the amount currently showing once you select your card type (VISA, Mastercard and AMEX – 2%).

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
Details for EFT payments will be provided on your tax invoice. Please reference the payment with your name and invoice number.

Please make cheques payable to National Mediation Conference 2019 and forward to:
National Mediation Conference 2019
C/- Conference Logistics
PO Box 6150
Kingston ACT 2604

All communication with registered delegates will be by email. All registrations will be emailed a confirmation letter and tax invoice within 5 working days of submitting a registration form.
If your email address has changed since completing the registration form, be sure to advise the Conference Secretariat by email to

Delegates who find themselves unable to attend the National Mediation Conference 2019 after submitting their online registration are most welcome to nominate a substitute. All substitutions and cancellations must be made by email to

Cancellations received before / on Friday 15 March 2019 will be refunded, less an administration fee of $99. Cancellations received after Friday 15 March 2019 are not refundable. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Organising Committee.