Purpose-built mediation and conference rooms in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct.


Purpose-built mediation and conference rooms in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct.

With more than a hundred years in the business of dispute resolution, the Victorian Bar knows how important the mediation process is. We know you’ve chosen mediation to resolve legal issues before they get to Court. We understand the stresses and strains faced by all parties and the need for confidentiality, space and privacy.

We’ve put our experience and knowledge into creating the right space to support parties through mediation, with purpose built rooms and breakouts allowing all parties space for both negotiation and retreat.

We know you need to focus on reaching common ground. Our set-up and support services allow you to do just that.


All rooms contain good quality audio/visual equipment and modern, comfortable adjustable chairs – a bonus for long meetings. The reception areas are also comfortable and welcoming and provide arm chair seating, newspapers, and complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits – a particularly nice touch for users who may be anxious.

Staff at the centre are friendly, efficient and helpful.  They are extremely professional and treat all users of the centre with courtesy and respect.  The booking system is simple to use and the staff always try to accommodate bookings or offer alternative options.

Julie Paxton, Executive Officer

The Victorian Bar Mediation Centre has always been my preferred mediation venue. Now newly refurbished and expanded it is a clear first choice location.

Peter J Pascoe, Barrister

In the mediation space in Victoria, the Victorian Bar Mediation Centre has been an iconic institution since its doors first opened in the mid 1990s.

I have had the pleasure of being one of the Centre’s regular users throughout its period of operation.  In fact, the various mediators that have worked with me likewise have used the facilities and we have always found the staff over the years to be extremely pleasant, very happy to assist us, the lawyers and importantly the parties in the mediations.

The layout is ideal for both small and larger mediations and post Covid, the technology has worked extremely well to accommodate people online, wherever they are physically located.

I look forward to many more years of mediating in this pleasant location.

Tim McFarlane, McFarlane Legal

The location is excellent and the rooms are very fit for purpose… An excellent facility. Always my first choice for a venue.

Peter Young AM KC, Mediator

I am a constant ‘user’ of the VicBar Mediation Centre and have been since its commencement. In my opinion, it is the best of all mediation venues. The premises are spacious, with two large mediation rooms, four break-out rooms and an open lounge area. I think that 28 is my record for the number attending a mediation here. Upon arrival, clients and lawyers alike are greeted by the staff whose friendliness relaxes what is often a tense situation, and whose unfailing cooperation during the day is of invaluable assistance to all involved in a mediation.

Stephen Marantelli, Mediator

The space is purpose built for mediation; bright, functional and with natural light and all supporting facilities such as copying, printing, computer, WIFI and skype. The staff is experienced in supporting the specific needs of parties involved in dispute resolution.

Importantly, the Centre and support facilities are available and accessible if required outside normal business hours which is not the norm for other mediation centres.

Carey Nichol, Mediator