Tom Stodulka

Mediator serving Brisbane, across the nation and internationally.

"Be fair and reasonable, give maximum effort and show compassion to your fellow man."

Tom Stodulka has been a lawyer for 30 years having graduated in Law at Sydney University in 1974. He is a specialist mediator, conciliator, facilitator, conflict coach and victim-offender conference convenor. In addition to a career as a legal officer in the Navy he has worked for a number of diverse organizations including the NSW Public Trustee, the Legal Aid Division of the NSW Law Society, the ACT Housing Review Committee and Health Complaints Commission, the NT Attorney General's Department and the Federal Merit Protection and Review Agency. As the Director of Naval Legal Services in 1993-1994, he introduced the philosophy of mediation as an alternative to litigation to assist complainants and the Royal Australian Navy to attain early resolution of harassment claims against the Commonwealth.

He has held senior positions in Government including National Director of Naval Legal Services, Deputy Ombudsman (NT), Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (NT), Chair Health Complaints Review Committee (NT), Principal Community Visitor (NT) and Policy Director Attorney-General's Department (NT).

He has mediated over 2500 disputes throughout Australia ranging from workplace, family law, and multi-million dollar commercial transactions, conciliations for the Qld Federal Magistrates Court, the Conflict Resolution Service (ACT), the Qld Dispute Resolution Branch and Resolve (NT), to franchise disputes for the National Office of Mediation Adviser, and multi-party disputes involving remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. In 2005 he was appointed to facilitate the long standing conflict surrounding the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra and in 2007 he co-facilitated the Queensland Police Conference on Workplace Harassment-Don't Cop It.

In April 2005 he presented a workshop on dealing with disputes in Aboriginal communities at the University of Queensland Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Conference and has written articles for the Qld University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, ADRJ, Alternative Law Journal, LEADR, ADR and ADRA Bulletins. In 2006 he presented a paper on Conciliation in the Federal Magistrate's Court at the 8th National Mediation Conference in Hobart and co-presented at the LEADR Conference in Wellington, NZ and the first Restorative Practices International Conference at Twin Waters in Queensland. He regularly presents at the Qld Law Society annual conferences and other professional organisations.

He is accredited as a specialist and senior mediator and mentor with LEADR, IAMA, the Qld Law Society, and the Defence Department. In 2006 he was accredited to mediate disputes under the Federal Government's Workplace Relations legislation and is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and nationally accredited mediator. He recently gained international accreditation with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation.

Tom is an inaugural member of the Australian Mediation Register, the Australian Mediation Association, Brisbane Mediations, Hong Kong Mediator .com, Mutual Mediations, the Mediate Today senior mediator panel, InterMEDIATE and CLE Consulting and is a member of the Produce and Grocery Industry and Horticulture Ombudsman Mediation Panels. In addition to coaching and training in mediation for LEADR, Bond University, the Department of Defence, ACPACS and the University of Qld, he sits on the Qld Law Society ADR Committee and was a former Director of LEADR and President of the NT Mediation Association. He is an assessor under the new National Mediation Accreditation Standards and conducts supervision for new and experienced mediators and ADR practitioners.

He established the Qld Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum in 2003 and has ADR contracts with numerous Government Agencies and community groups.