National Mediator Accreditation System
The National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) commenced operation on 1 January 2008. It is an industry based scheme which relies on voluntary compliance by mediator organisations that agree to accredit mediators in accordance with the requisite standards. These organisations are referred to as Recognised Mediator Accreditation Bodies (RMABs).
NADRAC was closely involved in the development of the NMAS but is not responsible for its implementation. An independent industry body known as the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) is responsible for developing and maintaining the NMAS. Further information about the MSB is available on their website.
The NMAS is intended to provide a base level of accreditation for all mediators irrespective of their field of work. Specific requirements that are relevant to particular fields may be imposed by other accreditation schemes, such as the accreditation scheme for family dispute resolution practitioners. Mediation organisations may opt to accredit mediators under both the NMAS and more specific field based accreditation schemes.
Nationally consistent accreditation standards have been developed to enhance the quality of national mediation services, facilitate consumer education not only about mediation but also other ADR services, build consumer confidence in ADR services, improve the credibility of ADR and help build the capacity and coherence of the ADR field.
The Western Australian Dispute Resolution Association (WADRA) has prepared background information about the system. It can be found on their website. Links to the documents are also provided below: