Inquiry into Alternative Dispute Resolution

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On 1 March 2007 the Legislative Assembly gave the Law Reform Committee terms of reference to conduct an inquiry into alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including restorative justice. The Committee released a discussion paper in September 2007.

The Committee tabled its final report for this inquiry in Parliament on 6 May 2009.

The Committee Chair, Mr Johan Scheffer MLC, issued a media release on 6 May 2009.

The Government Response to this report was tabled in Parliament on 10 November 2009.

Submissions which have been accepted by the Committee can be found here. Transcripts of evidence from the public hearings can be found here.

If you have any questions relating to this inquiry, please contact the Committee on (03) 8682 2851


The Committee tabled its final report for this inquiry in Parliament on 6 May 2009.


The report is pdf now available for download 5.75 Mb .

The Committee Chair, Mr Johan Scheffer, issued a media release on 6 May 2009.

The  pdf Government Response 1.81 Mb to this report was tabled in Parliament on 10 November 2009.


Discussion Paper


 Download the Discussion Paper 1.40 Mb

The purpose of this Discussion Paper was to assist stakeholders and members of the public who wished to make a submission to the Committee for its inquiry into Alternative Dispute Resolution. This inquiry is completed. No further submissions will be accepted.

Further information about the Discussion Paper

The purpose of this Discussion Paper is to outline current ADR mechanisms in Victoria and elsewhere and to identify issues and best practice. This information is intended to provide background information on the inquiry to relevant stakeholders and interested members of the public.

In order to assist stakeholders, this Discussion Paper aims to give guidance in relation to the types of issues the Committee wishes to consider as part of its inquiry and poses a series of questions about issues relating to ADR. The questions are intended to be a general indication rather than an exhaustive list of the areas the Committee will cover in the Final Report. The Committee recognises that stakeholders can make an important contribution to identifying issues in an inquiry.

It is important to note that this Discussion Paper reflects the fact that the Committee has not yet reached any conclusions in relation to the issues identified. The Discussion Paper summarises the current state of play in Victoria and other jurisdictions in relation to ADR and examines the views of other reform agencies. It does not favour any particular reform option. This is because the Committee considers it important to hear the views of stakeholders and other interested persons before reaching any conclusions or forming recommendations.

If you have any further questions, or if you would like a hard copy of this discussion paper, please contact the Committee on (03) 8682 2851 or



The following submissions have been accepted by the Law Reform Committee:

  1.  Russell Kennedy, 26 September 2007 (PDF 2.99Mb)
  2.  Mr Peter Berlyn, 18 October 2007 (PDF 73Kb)
  3.  The Mediator Group, 23 October 2007 (PDF 1.47Mb)
  4.  Victoria Law Foundation, 7 November 2007 (PDF 107Kb)
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  6.  Marshall Enterprise Learning, 8 November 2007 (PDF 156Kb)
  7.  Monash University, 9 November 2007 (PDF 1.32Mb)
  8.  Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner, 9 November 2007 (PDF 906Kb)
  9.  Salvation Army - Brayton Youth and Family Services, 9 November 2007 (PDF 436Kb)
  10.  Victorian Assocation for Dispute Resolution Inc, 12 November 2007 (PDF 518Kb)
  11.  The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, 13 November 2007 (PDF 1.66Mb)
  12.  Victoria Police, 13 November 2007  (PDF 590Kb)
  13.  The Victorian Bar, 6 December 2007 (PDF 3.41Mb)
     The Victorian Bar - Supplementary submission, 20 June 2008 (PDF 105Kb)
  14.  County Court Victoria, 13 November 2007  (PDF 191Kb)
  15.  Consumer Action Law Centre, 14 November 2007 (PDF 723Kb)
  16.  Energy and Water Ombudsman (Victoria), 15 November 2007 (PDF 1.24Mb)
  17.  Ms Margaret Lothian, Principal Mediator, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), 16 November 2007 (PDF 1.06MB)
  18.  Supreme Court of Victoria, 21 November 2007 (PDF 600Kb)
  19.  Health Services Commissioner, 22 November 2007 (PDF 377Kb)
  20.  Law Institute of Victoria, 22 November 2007 (PDF 1.26Mb)
     Law Institute of Victoria - Supplementary submission, 9 April 2008  (PDF 553Kb)
  21.  Accident Compensation Conciliation Service, 23 November 2007 (PDF 724Kb)
  22.  Banking and Financial Services Ombudsman (BFSO), Financial Industry Complaints Service (FICS) and Insurance Ombudsman Service (IOS), 23 November 2007  (PDF 1.27Mb)
  23.  Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, 27 November 2007 (PDF 396Kb)
  24.  Ombudsman Victoria, 3 December 2007 (PDF 837Kb)
  25.  National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC), 3 December 2007  (PDF 570Kb)
     National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) - Supplementary submission, 21 May 2008 (PDF 794Kb)
  26.  Anglicare Victoria, 3 December 2007 (PDF 1.34Mb)
  27.  Magistrates Court of Victoria, 3 December 2007 (PDF 1.21Mb)
  28.  Victorian Association for Restorative Justice, 4 December 2007  (PDF 1.33Mb)
     Victorian Association for Restorative Justice - Supplementary submission, 22 December 2008 (PDF 58Kb)
  29.  Crime Victims Support Association, 5 December 2007 (PDF 1.57Mb)
  30.  Victoria Legal Aid, 10 December 2007 (PDF 1.49Mb)
  31.  Legal Services Commissioner, 12 December 2007 (PDF 479Kb)
     Legal Services Commissioner - Supplementary Submission, 21 January 2008 (PDF 109Kb)
  32.  Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services, 18 December 2007 (PDF 2.10Mb)
  33.  Mr James Hartnett, Public Transport Ombudsman of Victoria, 1 February 2008 (PDF 1.17Mb)
  34.  Victorian Multicultural Commission, 14 February 2008 (PDF 943Kb)
  35.  Jesuit Social Services, 18 February 2008 (PDF 639Kb)
  36.  LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers, 28 February 2008 (PDF 101Kb)
  37.  Justice A.M. North, Federal Court of Australia, 5 March 2008 (PDF 540kb)
  38.  Youthlaw, 25 March 2008  (PDF 434Kb)
  39.  Federation of Community Legal Centres, 3 April 2008 (PDF 203Kb)
  40.  Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, 3 June 2008 (PDF 236Kb)
  41.  Mr Arthur Bolkas, Prison Fellowship Australia - Victoria, 4 June 2008 (PDF 417Kb)
  42.  Upper Hume Interagency Team, 30 June 2008 (PDF 1.64Mb)

This inquiry has been completed. No further submissions will be accepted.