State Administrative Tribunal

Compulsory Conferences

At a compulsory conference, issues are identified and resolved before a final hearing.

What is a compulsory conference?

A compulsory conference is similar to mediation, but usually involves the Member taking a more active approach to resolving the dispute.

A key difference to mediation is that if the conference does not result in settlement, the Member who conducted the compulsory conference cannot take any further part in the proceedings.

When is a decision made to hold a compulsory conference?

A SAT member may schedule a compulsory conference at a directions hearing or later in the proceedings. SAT may require people involved in the proceedings to attend a compulsory conference. The parties may request SAT to make such an order.

SAT will advise participants of the date, time and room at the SAT offices that the conference will be held.

What happens if I fail to attend a compulsory conference?

If you don’t attend, the member may strike absent parties from the proceedings or make a final decision and orders based on the information before them.

How does a conference end?

If a final settlement is reached, a settlement agreement will be made and SAT will make orders to give it effect. If the matter is only partially resolved, an agreement can be made on the issues resolved.

If the matter is not resolved, SAT will give directions concerning its future conduct.

Where and when is a compulsory conference held?

The compulsory conference will usually be held at the SAT offices. SAT will advise parties of the date, time and room number.

Last updated: 19-Dec-2013

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