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Current arbitrators

Eligible people are appointed to the Arbitration Panel by the Minister under section 139 of the Mining Act 1992. If an access arrangement cannot be agreed during negotiations between a titleholder and a landholder, parties are required to enter into mediation. The holder of the prospecting title may, through written notice to the landholders concerned, request their agreement to the appointment of a mutually agreeable mediator or arbitrator to preside over the mediation. If parties have been unable to agree on the appointment of an arbitrator, either party can apply for assistance from the panel of arbitrators. This option is available to parties at both mediation and arbitration.

The people listed in the Arbitration Panel register below are appointed to act as arbitrators for the purposes of the Mining Act 1992.

The Hon Dennis Cowdroy AO KC

Address: 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers, Level 12, 180 Phillip St, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8029 6380

View The Hon Dennis Cowdroy's CV


  • Nationally accredited Mediator
  • Grade 1 Arbitrator
  • Singapore International Court of Arbitration appointed arbitrator
  • Bachelor of Laws (Sydney University)
  • Master of Laws (King’s College, University of London)
  • Diploma of Air and Space Law
  • Admitted as a Solicitor: 1967
  • Admitted as a Barrister: 1971
  • Appointed to (then) Queens Counsel 1989


  • Justice of the NSW Land and Environment Court for 8 years.
  • Justice of the Federal Court of Australia for 6 years.
  • During his time as a barrister Mr Cowdroy was briefed by private firms, and State and Commonwealth governments, to appear in a wide variety of matters including international arbitration.

Mr Mark Dempsey SC

Address: 7th Floor, 174–180 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9232 0770

View Mr Dempsey's CV


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA)
  • Fellow of Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
  • Accredited Arbitrator, Mediator and Expert Determiner by NSW Bar Association
  • Senior Fellow Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (BIAMC)
  • Panel arbitrator appointed by ACCC for NBN Co disputes
  • Member of the arbitrational panel of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • Mediator accredited with the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
  • Appointed as Senior Counsel (SC) 2004
  • Admitted to the Bar of New South Wales 1988
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and ACT 1983
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours): Australian National University, Canberra 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts: Australian National University, Canberra 1982


  • Over 20 years of experience in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolutions in NSW, Vic, SA, WA, ACT, NT, Norfolk Island and international jurisdictions (such as Singapore and Fiji)

Dr David Goodwin

Address: Owen Dixon Chambers West, 525 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Phone: (03) 9225 6777

View Dr Goodwin's CV


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (FCIArb), since 2009
  • Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb), since 2009
  • President, Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2019-2021
  • Member, Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand Panel of Arbitrators, since 2009
  • Member, Magistrates Court of Victoria, Melbourne, Single List of External Mediators, since 2011 
  • Nationally-accredited as a Mediator by the Victorian Bar
  • Practised at the Victorian Bar since 2010
  • PhD in Law, RMIT University
  • Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration, National University of Singapore
  • Master of Business (Logistics Management), RMIT University
  • Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
  • Admitted to legal practice in 1988


  • Currently a Professor and Dean of the University of Nottingham Business School in Malaysia
  • Currently an Associate Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne (previously, MBA Director at RMIT University, Melbourne)
  • More than thirteen years of experience at the Victorian Bar, with a practice focused on alternative dispute resolution
  • Highly experienced mediator
  • Corporate career of more than two decades prior to signing Bar Roll in 2010 as a corporate lawyer and in senior leadership roles with publicly listed corporations in the logistics, steel, mining and oil and gas sectors - Neptune Orient Lines Ltd of Singapore, BlueScope Steel Ltd and BHP Ltd

Mr Malcolm Gracie

Address: Fourth Floor Selborne Chambers, 4/174 Phillip St, NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9232 4293

View Mr Gracie's CV


  • Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Grade 1 Arbitrator: Resolution Institute
  • Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA)
  • NBNCo National Arbitrator Pool: ASIC
  • NSW District Court Panel of Arbitrators
  • NSW Bar Association Panel of Arbitrators and Expert Determiners
  • Accredited Mediator and Mediator Coach: Resolution Institute
  • Accredited Australian Defence Force Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Hons I)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor: 1987
  • Admitted as a Barrister to the NSW Bar: 1988
  • Admitted as a Barrister to the UK Bar: 1992


  • 25 years of experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution in NSW, ACT, Queensland and Western Australia
  • Specialising as an arbitrator since 1997 on becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Aust) and now as a Grade 1 Arbitrator with the Resolution Institute and Fellow of the Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)

Mr Tim Griffiths

Address: Level 11, 5 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Mobile: 0417 069 307

Please contact Mr Griffiths for a copy of his CV. 


  • Member of the President of New South Wales Law Society Arbitrators' List
  • Appointed to the New South Wales District Court Arbitrators' List 2002
  • Appointed 2012 to NSW Law Society Arbitration Committee
  • Professional Member of Resolution Institute
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW, ACT, Vic, SA and Papua New Guinea


  • 15 years of arbitration and mediation experience in NSW, Qld and Papua New Guinea

Mr Michael D.G. Heaton KC

Address: Chancery Chambers, Level 26, 200 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Phone: 0412 087 711

View Mr Heaton's CV


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Registered Grade 1 Arbitrator and Member of the Resolution Institute
  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA) and Panel Arbitrator
  • Panel arbitrator appointed by ACCC for NBN Co. disputes
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
  • Victorian Bar Accredited Advanced Mediator
  • Adjudicator Victoria and Western Australia
  • Appoint to (then) Queens Counsel 1999
  • LLM (Uni Melb)
  • B. Juris LLB (Monash)


  • 30 years of arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution types in NSW, Victoria and Commonwealth jurisdictions
  • Arbitration under NSW Mining and Petroleum Land Access Scheme, adjudications under Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (VIC), and mediations in commercial matters including under the Franchise Code

Mr Derek Minus

Address: Suite 1A, Level 13, 465 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067
Mobile: 0402 044 022
Phone: (02) 9232 4000

View Mr Minus' CV


  • Former Commonwealth government Mediation Adviser
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator, NMAS
  • Arbitrator to all Local Courts in NSW
  • International Commercial Arbitrator, JCAA
  • Appointed Chartered Arbitrator, C.Arb
  • Associate, Member and Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Masters of Laws (with distinction) Major in Dispute Resolution, UTS
  • LLB, University of Sydney
  • BSc, University of Sydney


  • 30 years of experience in arbitration and mediation in NSW, Victoria and Commonwealth jurisdictions