A. Good Character
Under the NMAS, a mediator manages processes aimed at maximising the participants’ own decision-making. The mediator must have the personal qualities and appropriate life, social and work experience to conduct the process in an impartial, ethical and professional manner. The National Standards specify that RMAB’s require mediators who apply to be accredited to provide evidence of “good character”.
You will need to provide references from two people who have known you for more than three years who can attest to the following:
“I have known Applicant for more than three years and regard him/her to be of good character. I believe him/her to be honest and fair with reference to his/her social and/or work life.”
You must declare that you are:
- Without any criminal conviction or impairment that could influence my capacity to discharge your obligations as a mediator in a competent, honest and professional manner.
- That to the best of your knowledge and belief that you are not a “prohibited person” (or its equivalent) as defined in a particular jurisdiction.
- That you have not been disqualified to practice by another professional association relating to any other profession (for example, a Law Society or a Medical Association).
- That you have not been refused NMAS accreditation or accreditation renewal or had their accreditation suspended or cancelled.
Download a template reference from a member of your professional community here
Download a template reference from a member of your professional or social community here
The National Standards require that applicants for national accreditation must undertake to ADC that they comply with any relevant legislation.
You must have also read and understood your obligations under the National Mediator Practice and Approval Standards https://msb.org.au/
The National Standards require that applicants for national accreditation provide ADC with evidence of their current status in respect of their insurance, indemnity or employed status requirements.
D. Blended Processes
The National Mediator Standards recognise that some mediators offer services that involve a “blended” process, such as conciliation or advisory and evaluative mediations. In these models, the mediator offers specialised advice such as in legal, building or financial matters. There are additional requirements for mediators who offer blended processes. Applicants who seek to offer specialised advice through the use of a “blended” process must provide evidence to ADC of the items listed below. If you only give advice about the dispute resolution process then you may advise so.