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Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

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Author of Book 1 – Theory. Mediation Quest: Making Sense of Loss. The Re-Constructionist model of Mediation: an example of Democracy in action in a Relational World. Book 2: Guidelines for Practitioners Mediation Quest: Making Sense of Loss. The Re-Constructionist model of Mediation. The author is a practising barrister working on various Government panels and an accredited mediator under the NMAS. She is currently the Co-President of the Australian Dis-pute Resolution Association (ADRA), Co-Founder of the Dispute Resolution and Psychology Interest group of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), a Guardian Ad Litem and presenter at various conferences on various topics in Dispute Resolution. She has been a trainer of mediators for several years and is currently the Co-ordinator of the Mongolian Family Law Project about which an address was delivered to the National Mediation Conference in Canberra on 16th April 2019. The full text of the article was later delivered in an address to the Learned Friends Conference in Seville, in July 2019.

1998- present. Sole Director

Unilegal Consulting Pty. Ltd. (ACN: 059 697 675; ABN: 86 059 697 675).

Aim: to provides dispute resolution and consulting services in relational matters. Responsibilities include: assist managers to resolve local workplace grievances in a confidential, fair, objective and timely manner; assist executive leadership in the implementation of remedial action and decision making; negotiating and mediating financial matters including loans, leases and purchases; and all manner of Family Dispute Resolution as an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).

1993- present. Barrister

Demonstrated excellence in negotiation and advocacy skills; General Practice includes briefs in Industrial Law, Family Law, Equity, Local Court matters, personal injury, commercial law, criminal law but specialise in migration matters and immigration law (Migration Agent No: 000 1454.)

1993 – present. Mediator

Skills include: demonstrated ability in Mediation and Dispute Resolution; vast experience in lecturing, training and assessment of mediators. General Practice includes a total of over 3000 hours of Mediation in the following areas:

Industrial relations, workplace grievance, building and construction, commercial and corporate, family dispute resolution (FDRP), family provision, de facto provisions, farm debt, migration law, and workers’ compensation law.

1994- present:
Lecturer/Tutor in Law –
appointments at
  • University of Technology (UTS),
  • Macquarie University,
  • University of Western Sydney (UWS),
  • College of Law (St. Leonards),
  • InSearch (Business School of UTS for international students) and
  • CSU (Charles Sturt University)
Nationally Accredited Mediator With:
  • Supreme and District Court; Land and Environment Court of NSW,
  • Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) until 2017,
  • NSW Rural Assistance Authority,
  • Workers Compensation Commission
  • The Resolution Institute GRADE 3 Arbitrator; advanced mediator.
  • Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
  • ADRA (President: 2006, 2007; Vice President 2008-2012 inclusive; President 2013-2017 inclusive.) Vice President 2018 -2019;
  • Co-President of ADRA, 2020-2021
  • Fellow of ADRA since 2018 and
  • Fellow of Resolution Institute (RI) since 2017
  • Office of the Franchise Mediation Advisor (OFMA) now Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO)
  • NSW Family Law Settlement Service (FLSS) Federal Court Circuit
  • NSW Justice Department (Guardian Ad Litem).
  • Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman Restorative Engagement Panel (Defence Ombudsman’s Office- mediator from inception in 2016 to present.)
Internationally Accredited Mediator With:
  • IMI (International Mediation Institute).
  • Papua New Guinea Supreme Court (PNG) Mediator
  • Mongolia Judicial Council – trainer of mediators and Judges- July 2019
  • Currently training judges in Mongolia via Video conferencing in Family Law Intake Processes.
  • Katherine has been appointed as a Fellow of the World Mediation Organisation


2015: PhD Law Majoring in Dispute Resolution (Macquarie University).
1994: LLM University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
1993: Admitted as a Barrister under Legal Profession Act 1987
1992: B Leg S Macquarie University
1990: Admitted as a Psychologist: Ps 0000126 in NSW
1980: MA (School Counselling) Macquarie University
1975: BA (Psychology & Education) Macquarie University
1972: Diploma in Teaching (Kuringai Campus UTS)
1969: High School Certificate (HSC) from Fort Street Girls’ High.


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