1 in 10 Australian children grow up in disadvantage, which limits their choices, opportunities and outcomes in life. Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child delivers long-term positive benefits for them, their family and potentially generations to come.

The Smith Family is Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, which supports disadvantaged Australian children to participate in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage.

Their learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for themselves. Every child deserves a chance.

SHAW Mediation Australia is proud to be involved with The Smith Family, and our belief in education, learning and delivering positive outcomes compliments the work of The Smith Family.

Alison Shaw sponsors Smith Family children in South Australia, and also volunteers to provide support and advice to a range of children as they grow and develop through education and mentorship.

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Alison Shaw of SHAW Mediation successfully mediated a contract and building works dispute for one of our clients.  I found the mediation to be useful in requiring the disputing parties to be in one place at one time, allowing each side to express their position (and even vent their frustrations) whilst being kept in line by an experienced mediator. It was by no means certain to me beforehand that the matter would resolve at the mediation, but Alison’s guidance and systematic approach facilitated a commercial settlement.  I am confident the parties would not have reached a better outcome if they had gone to court.  I rate highly the mediation process used by Alison Shaw in this matter, and would recommend her to other clients considering mediation in the future.
Matthew Hawke

Cowell Clarke