Australian Commercial Disputes Centre (ACDC)

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Australian Commercial Disputes Centre
  • Country: Australia
  • City: Sydney
  • Type of organization: Independent, not-for-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1986
  • Interests: Arbitration - Mediation – Conciliation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: Commercial

[edit] Description

The Australian Commercial Disputes Centre (ACDC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing a positive approach to conflict by delivering quality Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) education and training.

ACDC is an independent was established since 1986, to advance the practice and quality of alternative dispute resolution services in Australia, such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration.

As one of the first ADR providers in Australia, ACDC set the standard for accrediting mediators. This accreditation has since gained wide recognition in business, government and legal communities.

Since its formation ACDC has also assisted in the resolution of thousands of disputes and is nominated to facilitate dispute resolution in thousands of business and government contracts.

ACDC was established by the then NSW Attorney General, the Honorable Justice Terry Sheahan AO, and the Honorable Sir Laurence Street, Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court from 1974 to 1988.

ACDC was established to introduce non-adversarial dispute resolution processes into Australia. These procedures have been rapidly accepted and adopted as part of the overall business and government approach to dispute resolution.

ACDC operates in close cooperation with a number of other organizations in ADR. In 2003, they formed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, who support and facilitate international arbitration, with ACDC focusing on domestic disputes and ACICA on international disputes. This represented a unique opportunity to establish a national centre representing international arbitration and mediation.

From 2003 ACDC also assumed responsibility for the administrative functions of the Australian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). The Institute, which was established in London in 1915 with the Australian Branch opening in 1995, aims to "promote and facilitate the determination of disputes by arbitration" and has almost 11,000 members located across more than 100 countries.

Previously ACDC was the nominated authority for a variety of industry dispute schemes, including the Credit Ombudsman Service (previously the Mortgage Industry Ombudsman Scheme) and the Credit Union Dispute Resolution Centre.

[edit] Viewpoint

ACDC believes that through ADR, parties in dispute have the potential to come together and reach mutually agreeable outcomes.

We believe this saves the often unnecessary time and costs involved if litigation is pursued to resolve disputes. More importantly, it can help everyone involved in the dispute have a say in the outcome.

By ensuring that organizations understand the nature of conflict, we believe that we can help to minimize the threat of disputes or prevent their escalation. ACDC assists organizations to develop dispute management systems and equip relevant staff and managers with the knowledge and processes to manage conflict, or if necessary utilize mediation or other relevant ADR practices.

[edit] Contact

Level 29, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9267 1000

Fax: (02) 9267 3125


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