ARBITRATOR training workshops will be conducted free of charge this week by Grain Trade Australia (GTA) in Toowoomba on 19 June, Sydney 20 June and Adelaide 21 June. They follow similar recent workshops in Perth and Melbourne.
GTA encourages participation of anyone involved in grain contracts, welcoming producers, handlers, consumers and traders as both existing and potential future arbitrators.
GTA arbitration is unique in that it relies on voluntary trade and grower arbitrators who hear, and make rulings on, cases where there has been disagreement between contracting parties.
Arbitrator training gives an insight into the grain industry arbitration process.
The hearing process is supported by the GTA office and has access to a legal specialist. The statute underlying the arbitration process is the Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW), which has as its paramount objective fair and final resolution of commercial disputes without unnecessary delay. Arbitration is an industry driven function. It is different from litigation, in that litigation is conducted according to law.
Arbitrators must conduct themselves in an independent and impartial manner.
It is useful for everyone involved in grain to understand the process of dispute resolution.
The workshops not only touch on the pitfalls which can occur in contracts and grain execution but also help foster understanding of the broader principles of GTA arbitrations and provide learning opportunities for participants.
No formal qualifications are needed; to enquire contact [email protected]