From 1996 to 2007, there were significant changes in public policy. The 1996 Workplace Relations Act (Cth) was designed to move the industrial system from a collectivist approach in which unions and the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) play an important role, to a more decentralized system of individual bargaining between employers and employees.  [Full Citation Required] The Act has reduced the traditional role of the AIRC by giving it responsibility for resolving disputes at the corporate level.  This has allowed mediation to be used to resolve labour relations disputes instead of traditional conciliation. In the mediation process, the Ombudsman allows the parties to understand and realize their respective interests; it becomes the task of the mediator to crystallize what is most important for them to rank the points in the confrontation. A classification can be clear in the context of interim agreements concluded by the parties themselves in the mediation. The Centre provides specialized services for the intermediation of intellectual property disputes, i.e. intellectual property disputes or commercial transactions and relationships related to the exploitation of intellectual property. Common examples of such transactions and business relationships are patent, know-how and brand licenses, franchise agreements, IT contracts, multimedia contracts, distribution contracts, joint ventures, R and; D, technology-sensitive employment contracts, mergers and acquisitions where intellectual property is becoming more important, as well as publishing, music and film contracts. In the case, they were two sisters who paid an estate through mediation. Only one sister personally participated in the mediation, the other participated by telephone with her lawyers present. An agreement has been reached. At the time, it was explained orally that before the final agreement, a tax consultation should be requested, as such a large capital transfer would trigger capital gains taxes.
Mediation is a confidential procedure. Confidentiality promotes openness and openness in the process by ensuring that all authorizations, proposals or offers of settlement will have consequences beyond the mediation process. They generally cannot be used in future litigation or arbitration proceedings. WIPO`s mediation rules contain detailed provisions that also seek to preserve confidentiality with respect to the existence and outcome of mediation.