Mediation and dispute resolution scholarships announced

Published Saturday, 07 October, 2023 at 07:25 AM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

  • Four young Queenslanders have been awarded a Jack Cranstoun Scholarship
  • Each scholarship is worth more than $3,700
  • More than $100,000 has been invested in dispute and resolution scholarships since 2015.

Four promising young Queenslanders have been awarded the notable Jack Cranstoun Scholarship to hone their mediation and dispute-resolution skills.

From an outstanding field of applications, the recipients and categories are:

  • Jenaya Ward (First Nations Peoples / Coomera)
  • Jason Wang (Culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds / West End)
  • Farhan Khudir (Regional Queensland / Kearney Springs)
  • Micaela Diaz (General / Wynnum).

The quartet, with a passion for mediation and dispute resolution, were awarded scholarships at a ceremony at the Brisbane Supreme and District Court on today.

The scholarships offered by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General’s Dispute Resolution Branch (DRB), to honour the memory of Jack Cranstoun, a talented young DRB mediator who died in 2014 in a surfing accident.

Since its inception in 2015, the Palaszczuk Government has awarded more than 30 scholarships, investing over $100,000 in the scholarship program. 

Each scholarship is worth $3,732 and provides an opportunity to be trained and assessed for National Mediator Accreditation. 

Each recipient will be trained in two interactive courses:

•     Mediation level 1 – Introduction to mediation skills.

•     Mediation level 2 – Development of mediation skills and accreditation assessment.

Mediation training is provided by the DRB and teaches how to facilitate discussions and effectively resolve disputes that can benefit a variety of careers including conflict management and leadership roles. 

Applicants for the scholarship are assessed for merit and interviewed by a panel regarding relevant criteria as well as their passion for mediation.

Further information about mediation training and the Dispute Resolution Branch can be found at

Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Yvette D’Ath:

"I am honoured again to congratulate winners of this outstanding award in memory of a highly respected young mediator.

"Congratulations are readily in order for Jason Wang, Farhan Khudir, Jenaya Ward and Micaela Diaz for this outstanding achievement and one they should be very proud of.

"There are a number of Jack Cranstoun Memorial scholarship winners who have gone on to work for the Dispute Resolution Branch, giving back to the community through public service."