The Legal Framework for Arbitration in Australia

General Information

  • UNCITRAL Model-Law based: Yes (with amendments as adopted in 2006).
  • Legal Provisions: International Arbitration Act 1974 for international arbitration, available at the Australian Government’s website on Federal Register of Legislation. Commercial Arbitration Acts, adopted by all Australian States and by Northern Territory, for domestic arbitration.

Multilateral conventions

  • New York Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 26 March 1975); reservations: none.
  • European Convention: No.
  • ICSID Convention: Yes (ratification: 2 May 1991; entry into force: 1 June 1991); reservations: none.
  • Energy Charter Treaty: Yes (ratification/accession: pending); provisional application of Part VII; reservations: none.

Arbitral institutions

Last updated July 2017