Supporting excellence in mediator standards and accreditation

The MSB was established to support and promote high standards by mediators and to enhance the quality of mediation services in Australia.

The MSB is responsible for the ongoing development and maintenance of the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) introduced in 2008.

The MSB’s Objectives

  1. develop, maintain and amend the NMAS, which includes the Approval Standards and the Practice Standards (the Standards).
  2. oversee the application of the Standards with a view to achieving consistency, quality and public protection regarding mediation services and mediation training.
  3. support, complement and encourage members in their quest to meet their objectives in relation to the Standards.
  4. ensure that training and accreditation of mediators continues to develop.
  5. require records to be maintained of mediators who are accredited under the Standards and facilitate access to mediators who have national accreditation.

The MSB is governed by its Constitution

The current version of the MSB Constitution can be found here


MSB History

On 30 March 2000, the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) released a Discussion Paper entitled the Development of Standards for ADR as part of its Charter obligation to advise the Attorney General on mediator standards, training and qualifications. Following discussions regarding that paper, NADRAC released a report A Framework for ADR Standards in April 2001.

From these early beginnings, the National Mediation Advisory Council (NMAC) was formed, with its primary objective being the establishment of the MSB.

For further information regarding the history of the MSB click here.

MSB Members

MSB members include Recognised Mediator Accreditation Bodies, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) membership organisations, law societies, courts, government agencies, mediation training organisations and mediation centres.

Membership of the MSB provides an opportunity to a broad range of ADR organisations to collectively contribute to the ongoing development of quality ADR services within Australia.

For more information about the categories of MSB membership, or to become a member, please click here.