ACHRA Officers Conference 2017

Date: 02/03/2017

Australian Council of Human Rights Agencies (ACHRA) Officers Conference 2017

Staying Relevant in a Changing Climate 19th - 20th October 2017

Call for Papers and Expressions of Interest

At our most recent teleconference, delegates highlighted some of their interests in the forthcoming conference, as follows:

  • A diverse range of speakers
  • The ability for sessions together with others in the industry networking, discussing issues and challenges
  • Discussion relevant to various different areas of the commissions (complaints, training, ATSI, Legal)
  • World café/group discussions.

Some of the topics suggested include (but are not limited to):

  • Developments in ADR generally and how this can apply to conciliation
  • Mindfulness in conciliation
  • Improving business processes to maximise efficiency in complaint management
  • Transparency of conciliation process and outcomes – what is the best approach?
  • Integrity of the conciliation process – responding to ethical challenges.
  • Balancing legislative changes across Australia including State and Federal jurisdictions and managing the ongoing development of multiple jurisdictions and forum shopping.
  • Human rights v’s freedom of speech.
  • Resilience (combatting the pressures faced by human rights agencies).
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Promotion of what we do and how to do this in the best way possible.
  • Developments in case law.

Suggested Panel Discussions

  • Theme Discussion – Staying Relevant in a Changing Climate – Experiences, Approaches and Perspectives from different Commissions
  • A view from the outside in - Advocates’ Perspectives of Conciliation – Successes, Barriers and Ideas for the Future

With your interests, experience and ideas, please let us know what you would like to contribute to the conference. All expressions of interests are to be received by 31st March 2017. Access the ACHRA Conference 2017 Expression of Interest form.