Specialist Mediator and Facilitator
Advanced Mediator with the Victorian Bar and Resolutions Institute
Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
Background: Peter practices as a Barrister and mediator. He was formerly CEO of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia and Director of Dispute Resolution Centres in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland. Prior to this Peter was Chief of Education, Training and Information with the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Cambodia.
His practice centres on conflict management interventions including mediation, facilitation, investigation, restorative justice conferences, complaints management and conflict coaching. Peter is one of Australia’s most experienced conflict management teachers and practitioners. He presently teaches in several Universities and other organizations. He has written a leading text titled "Conflict Management: A Practical Guide" (Lexis Nexis, 2018, 6th Ed.) as well as over 50 articles and monographs. As well he was the initial drafter of mediation courses for the Dispute Resolution Centres of Victoria; Department of Justice (QLD); the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (IAMA – now part of the Resolution Institute) and the Victorian Bar. He is the Principle Instructor in the Victorian Bars’ Lawyers Mediation Certificate which is a specialist course for lawyer mediators.
He is the founding President of The Victorian Association for Restorative Justice; a member of the ADR Committee of the Victorian Bar and VCAT mediator;
Practice Experience: Over 1000 mediations, arbitrations, conferences and facilitations including commercial, industrial, workplace, contractual, building, aged care and family disputes. Extensive experience in workplace and organizational disputes including with large educational, human service and aged care organizations. He has also been involved in a number of large environmental and planning cases including the Regional Forest Agreement (Qld.), Multi-Use Planning Processes (DNR), Stradbroke Island, Native Title disputes, Sustainable Visitor Management, mining, water rights and regional fisheries management. He is a mediator appointed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
About the book Conflict Management: A Practical Guide by Peter Condliffe
Conflict Management: A Practical Guide (2008, Lexis Nexis 3rd edition).
This is not.... a text written by a scholar who has simply examined all the literature, collected all the theories and repeated them with a few insights of his own. This book is written by someone who, in crucial years, had to turn theories of conflict management into practice. In my eyes, his success in those endeavours gives him a special credibility.
From the foreword by the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia