Saturday, December 15, 2007

Australian Mediator Accrediation Scheme

The Australian Mediation Association (AMA) has launched its role under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme.

The AMA strongly supports and is committed to the application and implementation of the Australian National Mediator Standards, according to CEO, Callum Campbell. The Association is a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) under the standards and acts to maintain and further develop the national mediator accreditation scheme.

“We aim to ensure that the Standards and scheme operate in an effective, efficient, satisfactory and fair manner.” Mr Campbell said.

The Australian National Mediator Standards apply to any person who voluntarily seeks to be accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System to act as a mediator.

“Best practice and adherence to quality standards are imperative for professional mediators. We undertake to have an ongoing role in Standards development and the definition and any extension of the recognition process into the future.” Mr Campbell said.

As a RMAB, the AMA’s role in the system involves administrating and participating in the accreditation component of the national mediation accreditation scheme. The mediator must have personal qualities and appropriate life, social and work experience to conduct the process independently and professionally.

Those mediators accredited through the Australian Mediation Association will be allowed to call themselves an "Australian Mediation Registered Mediator" and use the logo which is expected to develop as a brand that signifies quality in mediation in Australia.

To fully support the implementation of the system, the AMA has launched the Australian Mediation Register, where accredited and non-accredited mediators’ services can be found and utilised.

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