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 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.
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 600 disputes throughout Australia ranging from family law matters for Relationships Australia (ACT, NT and Qld), the Qld Federal Magistrates Court, the Conflict Resolution Service (ACT) 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 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 ADR and ADRA Bulletins.
He is accredited as a specialist and senior mediator and mentor with LEADR, IAMA, the Qld Law Society, the Defence Department and all Qld Courts and the Federal Magistrates Court. In addition to coaching and training in mediation for LEADR, Bond University, the University of Qld and the Trillium Group, he sits on the Qld Law Society ADR Committee and was a former Director of LEADR and President of the NT Mediation Association.
Tom recently established the Qld Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Forum with over 150 members who meet regularly to discuss all aspects of mediation and to help identify ways of promoting ADR in Qld. Through his partnership with Mutual Mediations he has ADR contracts with numerous Government Agencies, Land Councils and community groups.
Mediator; Negotiator; Conciliator; Facilitator;
Solicitor; Specialist in multi-party disputes; Chairperson;
LLB (Uni of Syd)
Dip Strat Studies (Uni of NSW)
Grad Cert in Mediation (Family)(Uni of SA)
Bond University; LEADR, IAMA, ACCORD & CRS Accreditation
ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Experience:
Mediator - Federal Govt to facilitate a resolution of Aboriginal
Tent Embassy issues. 600 Mediations in commercial, franchising,
workplace, community, harassment, anti-discrimination, family,
health-rights and environmental disputes. LEADR - Advanced
mediator, mentor and Panel member. Accredited mediator supervisor.
Coach for Bond Uni and University of Qld, LEADR and Trillium
Group. Qualified conference facilitator. Franchising Code
of Conduct mediator and Office of Mediation Adviser (OMA)
Panel member. Member Law Society of Qld and QLS ADR Committee.
Solicitor Qld, NT, NSW. LEADR former Director, Dept. of Defence
Accredited Mediator. LAMS (Law Society Approved Mediator)
Other Relevant Experience:
Federal Government mediator/facilitator Aboriginal
Tent Embassy dispute
Legal Aid Qld - Chairpersons panel
Supreme/District/Magistrates Courts of Queensland Approved
Queensland Government EPA; Qld Transport; Qld Health;
Qld Rail; Education Qld
Brisbane/Redcliffe/Maroochy City Council specialist
Mediator Relationships Australia 1995 1996, 2003
Crown Solicitors Office Native Title Section
Mediation experts register
North Qld Land Council Native Title Representative Body
Queensland South Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation
Torres Strait Regional Authority panel mediator
Gurang Land Council panel mediator
Australian Government Australian Customs Service
Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (NT) 1999 2002
Chair Health Complaints Review Committee (NT) 2000
Principal Community Visitor (NT) 2000 2002
Director Policy AGs NT 1998 1999
Mediator and Mediation Supervisor - Resolve (NT) 1997
Work Health Authority (NT) Mediator panel 1998 1999
President Mediation Association NT 1998
Member of ACT Mediation Competency Standards Working Group
Conciliator ACT Health Complaints Commission 1995 1996
Mediator ACT Retail Tenancy Tribunal 1996 1997
Coach & Mediator Conflict Resolution Service 1995
Facilitator Federal Merit Protection and Review Agency 1995
Member ACT Housing Review Committee 1995 1996
Mediator NSW Dept of Fair Trading 1996
Mediator Canberra Mediation Service 1995 1996
Director of Naval Legal Services 1992 1994, 1988