About AICA

Arbitration is an ancient and respected form of deciding disputes before a person who decides disputes between two or more parties in confidence. This person, the arbitrator, is considered neutral to the issues giving rise to the disagreement and should not be associated to either party in any way.

Until recently it appears no university has conducted a degree or graduate diploma course establishing the professional requirements for a qualified arbitrator. Usually guilds or associations have conducted their own short courses and presented accreditation towards their own membership.

Victoria University Melbourne decided that for the modern age there ought to be a better and more transparent academically rigid method adopted to train would be arbitrators. The Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration was developed by the University and it received approval from the University Council in 1995 for its teaching. In order to accredit those undertaking the course the University fostered and encouraged the establishment of the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration Inc (AICA).

Founded in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in collaboration with Victoria University Melbourne, the AICA is an Australian not-for-profit association which conducts the only Australian University recognised and awarded Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration.

The objects of the AICA are:

(1) To provide a forum for meetings of people who practise in or have an interest in commercial arbitration and mediation and to foster closer working and social relationships between them.

(2) To bring to the attention of members, through the medium of regular meetings, matters of concern or interest or both relating to commercial arbitration and mediation and to conduct discussions and formulate position statements or recommendations or both for submission to such person or body as the Committee may deem proper.

(3) To establish communications and actively liaise with courts, tribunals, authorities, government departments and instrumentalities and other associations and bodies concerned with or interested in commercial arbitration and mediation.

(4) To seek representation on and liaison with committees of government concerned with matters of concern to members.

(5) To liaise with the government, courts and other bodies in relation to matters of concern to members of the Association and to ensure that, as far as practicable, consultation between those bodies and the Committee takes place before those bodies formulate policies or makes decisions on commercial arbitration and mediation matters.

(6) To encourage participation by members in continuing arbitration and mediation education programmes, conferences and other outlets whereby arbitrators and mediators and other interested professional groups and the public may increase their knowledge and understanding of commercial arbitration and mediation.