Welcome to the Australian National Commercial Arbitration Survey 2019


Much arbitration work in Australia flies ‘under the radar’.

We want to know how much Australia-related arbitration there is, so that we can promote the practice of arbitration in Australia, the involvement of Australia-based arbitrators, solicitors and barristers in arbitration, and the use of arbitration by Australian corporates. 

We also want to know how arbitration in Australia, and/or involving Australian corporates, can be improved – what works well and what doesn’t.

ACICA, with the support of FTI Consulting, Francis Burt Chambers, the WA Arbitration Initiative, and the Australian Bar Association, is conducting a survey of Australian-based in-house counsel, legal practitioners and arbitrators to address these questions.

The data we gather will be used for:

·         promoting arbitration and the involvement of Australian corporates, practitioners and arbitrators in arbitration; and

·         enhancing the practice of arbitration in Australia.


The Survey will be strictly confidential.  Those analyzing the data will not be able to identify particular respondents. All responses will be anonymized through a double-blind system and your answers will not be identifiable to you.


The Survey will target Australian corporates who are users or potential users of arbitration as well as Australian practitioners and arbitrators who are involved in arbitration, whether such arbitration is seated within or outside of Australia.

The Survey will look at arbitration activity during a three year period (2016-2019) and comprise several stages:

·                     Initial engagement with survey respondents

·                     Data Collection

·                     Data Analysis

·                     Reporting on findings