The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) is Australia’s international dispute resolution institution. Established in 1985 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation, ACICA’s objective is to promote and facilitate the efficient resolution of commercial disputes throughout Australia and internationally by arbitration and mediation, with the aim of delivering expediency and neutrality of process, enforceability of outcome and commercial privacy to parties in dispute.
ACICA’s services include:
- Acting as an impartial appointment and administering body for all forms of alternative dispute resolution, under its own sets of Rules as well as ad hoc processes, including under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
- Maintaining panels of international arbitrators and mediators which may be used as a resource for party appointments
- Providing Rules and model clauses to facilitate best practice in the conduct of arbitration and mediation
- Assisting parties in arranging facilities to manage their ADR processes, including room hire, transcription and translation services
- Acting as deposit-holder for tribunal and mediator fees in ADR processes, including cases being administered under other institutional rules
- Hosting seminars and conferences to provide thought leadership in international arbitration and mediation
ACICA is also the sole default appointing authority competent to perform the arbitrator appointment functions under the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth).