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In 2019, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) will continue the expanded format for the popular Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) competition: Negotiating Outcomes on Time (Noot). This year, the Noot will be offered to law schools from Western Australia in addition to Queensland and South Australia. The competition commenced in 2014 and complements the AAT’s well established National Mooting Competition.

The AAT General and Other Divisions makes extensive use of ADR processes and resolves 80% of matters without the need for a hearing. The format for the negotiation competition is based on the AAT’s conciliation process model. To support co-operative rather than competitive negotiation the scoring system permits both teams in one negotiation to receive strong scores and progression of teams is based on their cumulative scores across multiple negotiations.

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The AAT is grateful for the Resolution Institute’s continued support as the major sponsor for the competition prizes. Resolution Institute, with over 3000 members, is the largest membership organisation for dispute resolvers in Australia and New Zealand. Resolution Institute promotes excellence in mediation, arbitration, negotiation and other forms of dispute resolution.

KEY DATES (Subject to change)


Date and Time (AEST)



Information session 

18 March 2019

Scenarios and preparation sheets published

10 April 2019

Round 1 and 2 negotiation preparation sheets due

2 May 2019 at 12:00pm

Round 1 

7 - 8 May 2019

Round 2 

8 - 9 May 2019

Round 3 negotiation preparation sheets due

16 May 2019 at 12:00pm

Round 3 

20 and 21 May 2019

Finals and presentations

31 May 2019


Any enquiries regarding the competition are to be sent by email to Justin Toohey, Director ADR, at

You can read more about the 2018 Noot competition.