Who may apply to be a Fellow(Certified Arbitrator) - (Practice Award) (FAICA)?

Applications will be accepted from Fellows who have completed an Arbitration Skills Programme and are able to submit:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae

  • A schedule of CPD activities undertaken over the past 3 years

  • A schedule of appointments as arbitrator undertaken within the last three years; the schedule should give details of the

    • Name of the matter;

    • Nature of the dispute;

    • Date of the appointment;

    • Name of the appointing body, if applicable;

    • The date of award, and an indication whether it was a final award, interim award, award by consent, a settlement or the case is still in progress;

    • The amount in dispute;

    • Copies of at least two orders for directions issued as arbitrator;

    • Copies of at least two reasoned awards issued as arbitrator, at least one of which should be a final award (the awards submitted should be from references which involved a hearing) respecting the confidentiality of the parties.

    • Copies of at least one reasoned award from a documents-only reference (if such a reference undertaken) respecting the confidentiality of the parties

    • Where the applicant is a judge, copies of two judgments.

What is the criteria for passing the Interview Panel?

The standard to which the candidate will be judged is competence and experience to serve the public as an arbitrator in an ethical manner.

Expressions of Interest in Becoming a Certified Arbitrator (Practical Award)

The Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration Inc (AICA) is formally affiliated with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria Law School, Victoria University Melbourne in connection with its Graduate Diploma of Commercial Arbitration.

Under the Rules of the AICA there is discretion to admit experienced arbitration practitioners as Certified Arbitrators and Fellows of the AICA (without further examination) if the practitioner demonstrates advanced knowledge and understanding of commercial arbitration and its practical application evidencing a professional approach to parties and the public interest (‘Practice Award’).

The AICA now calls for experienced practitioners (typically retired judges and silks) who are able to meet the Practice Award qualification to register their expressions of interest in joining AICA and becoming Certified Arbitrators and Fellows by lodging such information with the President ([Prof] David L Bailey, oldbailey@vicbar.com.au ).

A Fellow of the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration - (University Award) (FAICA)

The criteria for eligibility as a Fellow (University Award) are that an applicant must be an existing Member and have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration, Victoria Law School, Victoria University.

A Member of the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration (MAICA)

The minimum criteria for eligibility as a Member are that an applicant must have either enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration, Victoria Law School, Victoria University or been recognised by the Interview Panel as being eligible for Membership status.

An Associate of the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration (AAICA)

The minimum criteria for eligibility as an Associate are that an applicant must have either:

  •  passed one of the Institute's Introductory Assessments; or
  • completed an authorised equivalent; or

through practical experience, acquired the necessary level of knowledge and provides relevant evidence to that effect with the application.