The Australian Mediator Standards Board (MSB) has recently released the revised National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). The revised NMAS will come into effect on 1 July 2015. It will replace the original NMAS that was introduced in early 2008. The MSB announced a review of the original NMAS in 2013 citing a desire to improve the clarity and succinctness of the original NMAS, clarify the processes for recognition of experience and non-NMAS qualifications and training, and adjust re-accreditation requirements.
The objectives of the revised NMAS are to:
- promote quality, consistency and accountability of NMAS accredited mediators within the diversity of mediation practice in Australia; and
- inform participants in mediation about what they can expect of NMAS accredited mediators.
The new NMAS can be viewed on the MSB website http://www.msb.org.au.
Does the revised NMAS achieve the objectives the MSB set for it? Are there any further amendments that could have improved the NMAS?