The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)—an introduction to the institution and its arbitration rules
Produced in partnership with Leon Chung (Partner), Guillermo Garcia-Perrote (Senior Associate) and Jesse Tizard (Solicitor) of Herbert Smith Freehills

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with Leon Chung (Partner), Guillermo Garcia-Perrote (Senior Associate) and Jesse Tizard (Solicitor) of Herbert Smith Freehills provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)—an introduction to the institution and its arbitration rules
  • What is ACICA?
  • The ACICA Arbitration Rules
  • Notable amendments in the 2021 ACICA Rules
  • The ACICA Board of Directors
  • The ACICA Panel of Arbitrators
  • ACICA’s facilities
  • Arbitration under the ACICA Rules
  • Preliminary considerations
  • Drafting and filing the notice of arbitration
  • More...

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)—an introduction to the institution and its arbitration rules

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Many arbitral organisations have responded to the coronavirus pandemic with practical guidance and/or changes to their usual procedures and ways of working. For information on how this content and relevant arbitration proceedings may be impacted, see Practice Note: Arbitral organisations and coronavirus (COVID-19)—practical impact. For additional information, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and arbitration—overview.

This Practice Note provides an introduction to the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and offers an overview of arbitrating under the institution’s most recent arbitration rules, which took effect on 1 April 2021. This Practice Note is not intended to be an exhaustive guide to ACICA arbitration or a substitute for carefully considering the application of the ACICA arbitration rules as relevant to your dispute.

What is ACICA?

ACICA is Australia’s international dispute resolution institution. Established in 1985 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation, ACICA’s objective is to promote and facilitate the efficient resolution of commercial disputes throughout Australia and internationally by arbitration and mediation, with the aim of delivering expediency and neutrality of process, enforceability of outcome and commercial privacy to parties in dispute.

ACICA is the sole default appointing authority competent to perform the arbitrator appointment functions under the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth).

The ACICA Arbitration Rules

The current version of the ACICA Arbitration Rules (the Rules)

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