The Dispute Settlement Centre’s Community Engagement program work with community groups to teach skills in conflict management and dispute prevention.
Activities provided can include:
- information sessions on DSCV services
- panel discussions on neighbourhood rights and responsibilities
- workshops with community members on managing difficult conversations, and negotiation techniques.
We can also work in partnership with local government or community groups to run facilitated meetings and public forums for community groups around such things as:
- public safety concerns
- parking issues around schools / places of worship
- sharing of resources (like parks and halls) between community organisations
- planning days for community networks
- families facing changing care / accommodation needs of elderly relatives.
Contact your nearest DSCV office to find out how we can work with you and your organisation.
Neighbourhood disputes - free community webinar
Tuesday 18 May 2021, 1.30 - 2.30 pm
Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service Is hosting a free webinar as part of Law Week 2021.
Find our about your rights and responsibilities around: fencing, trees and noise.
You will also hear from the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria and how they can assist you with dispute resolution services, and provide tips on how to talk to your neighbours.
How mediation changed due to COVID-19?
Wednesday 19 May 2021, 2.00 - 2.45 pm
Hear from a panel of mediators who deal with neighbourhood, rent and building disputes about the recent changes to mediation. What can you expect if you need to participate in a mediation? What impact has COVID-19 had on this activity that is traditionally conducted face-to-face.
- how mediation worked in the pre-COVID era
- the changes made during COVID
- how these changes have affected the way people negotiate
- what to expect when participating in a mediation.
Rebecca McElvie, Mediation Coordinator, Victorian Small Business Commissioner
Helen Skinner, Manager Gippsland Region - Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV)
Kelly Charlton, Manager Fast Track Mediation Hearing program at VCAT
Daniel Grinstein, Lead Officer, Residential Services Team at DSCV
Moderated by David Leonard, Manager of Community Engagement at DSCV
Dealing with legal issues and disputes post-bushfires
Wednesday 19 May, 3.00 - 4.00 pm
Bushfires present numerous challenges for residents and businesses in the recovery phase, which include how to deal with the legal problems that arise in the aftermath of the disaster.
As part of Law Week 2021, the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria – Hume Region will host a virtual interactive information session to help educate the community on dealing with disputes, conflict or neighbourhood issues, how to identify a legal issue, and where to go for assistance to address their problems. The session will include common scenarios, what constitutes a legal issue, how to settle a dispute, and a Q&A opportunity.
Presenters include Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria – Hume Region, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, and Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Neighbourhood disputes - free webinar
Friday 21 May 2021, 2.30 - 3.15 pm
What goes into making a good neighbour? How do I change things if we got off on the wrong foot? How do I get my neighbour onside when I need them to fix something?
With so many Victorians now working from home, neighbourhood relations are more important than ever. The tree and fence dispute resolvers from Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria will take you through these questions and more. Find out what to do when your tree falls through the fence or your neighbours nocturnal activities become too much to bear.
Avoiding and managing disputes in not-for-profit organisations
Tuesday 8 June 2021, 12.45 - 2.00 pm
Conflicts and disputes in your organisation can be stressful and highly disruptive. What steps can you take to prevent them and how do you manage them if they do occur?
In this free webinar, hosted by Not For Profit Law , you’ll learn how to avoid and manage conflicts and disputes, gain an understanding of relevant laws, and where to go if you need further assistance.
- common disputes involving members or board / committee members of not-for-profit organisations
- following the dispute resolution or grievance procedure in your organisation’s rules or constitution
- when a member can be disciplined, and how to go about this
- what to do if there is a dispute within the committee of management
- seeking assistance to deal with conflict or a dispute
- tips on how to avoid and manage disputes.
If you missed one of our workshops, or would like to watch it again, you can view it below or visit the DSCV YouTube Channel .
When Delay Brings Dismay
Webinar held on 30 April 2021
Have you ever had that email you have been dreading to reply to? The neighbour who demands you cut your tree back? The old friend you haven’t spoken to in years (and you still owe them money)? So many neighbourhood disputes could have been prevented with a quick reply.
Prompted by “email debt forgiveness day” we tackled procrastination in communication in this panel discussion.