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Information for Advisors and Agents

The role of the parties’ adviser in mediation is to:

  • fully prepare their clients;
  • assist and advise, rather than represent them, during the process and on any settlement options raised; and
  • perhaps, assist the mediator with drafting the terms of any settlement reached.

Important steps for mediation
The mediator may approve a party be represented by an agent if satisfied that their representation assists mediation and that they have sufficient knowledge of the issues to represent the party effectively. An agent for the purposes of these guidelines means one who agrees and is authorised to act on behalf of another that includes a lawyer or otherwise professionally qualified person. A farmer is entitled to 1 or more advisors at a mediation meeting.

Obligations
It is essential that any adviser engaged has a clear understanding of the mediation process and sound financial skills. This includes a working knowledge of the Farm Business Debt Mediation Act 2017 (Qld) and the Guidelines for conducting mediation.

Last updated
25 September 2017