See Fair Work Act ss.592 and 595
Any conference conducted by the Fair Work Commission in a general protections matter must be held in private.
In private means that members of the public are excluded.
Persons who are necessary for the Commission to perform its functions are permitted to be present.
The Commission may deal with a dispute (other than by arbitration) as it considers appropriate, including:
- by mediation or conciliation, or
- by making a recommendation or expressing an opinion.
A mediation is an informal method of resolving a dispute application by helping the parties to reach a settlement.
A conciliation differs in that the person conducting the mediation may get more involved in the matters in dispute in an effort to help the parties reach a settlement.