The National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) is an independent body charged with providing policy advice to the Australian Attorney-General on the development of ADR and with promoting the use and raising the profile of alternative dispute resolution (for more information about NADRAC's functions see its Charter).
NADRAC was established in October 1995 and had its origins in the 1994 report of the Access to Justice Advisory Committee chaired by the Hon Justice Ronald Sackville, Access to Justice - an Action Plan. The report recognised the need for a national body to advise the Government and federal courts and tribunals on ADR issues with a view to achieving and maintaining a high quality, accessible, integrated federal ADR system.
NADRAC is a non-statutory body. Funding is provided through the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department.
NADRAC is assisted in its work by the Australian Attorney-General’s Department. The Department is responsible for:
- undertaking research on ADR issues being considered by the Council
- providing policy advice to the Council
- responding to public, government and other enquires on behalf of the Council and representing the Council, as required, in a variety of forums
- drafting Council and Committee reports and discussion papers
- drafting all Council and Committee correspondence, letters of advice and other material including the Council's annual report and its newsletter
- providing administrative and other support services, especially in relation to Council and Committee meetings including the preparation of agendas and papers for meetings, minute-taking,
the organisation of travel, and
- managing NADRAC's expenditure within the relevant budgetary allocations.