Rivka Irina Pestun


Bachelor of Laws
Saratov/Russia University - Year completed - 1979
Bar-Ilan Jerusalem/Israel University - Year completed - 1994
* Family Law, Criminal Law, Administrative Law,
* Constitution Law, Law of civil/criminal procedure

Certificate IV in Mediation - Year completed - 2011
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
* 1 Year of profound studies in General Mediation
and associated subjects

Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution - Year completed – 2014
Training Division, Family Mediation Centre
Melbourne, Australia


Immicon Immigration consultants, Caulfield, Melbourne 2003-2004
- Admin/Receptionist/ The immigration agent’ assistant
Key responsibilities:
* Interview clients
* Research areas of immigration law, including visas for refugees
* Liaise directly (by telephone and in writing) with staff of the Department of
Immigration, Administrative Appeals Tribunal as well as immigration and other law

In the period between 2004 -2010 I was travelling overseas due my family commitment, as my mother was ill and I become the principle career until she passed away.

Family Mediation Centre Chadstone 2013-2014
- Trainee Mediator

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner 2015 - current
Self employed
Key responsibilities:

* Corresponding with clients, client contact calls
* Conducting intakes, safety risk assessments and concluding an assessments for suitability
* Conducting mediations
* Drafting agreements/parenting plans
* Case file management, providing references
* Guiding clients through the court procedure of applying for the consent order
* Issuing Certificate 60I

* Member of LEADR & IAMA (Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia)
(Currently Resolution Institute) 2015-2016
* Member of the VADR (Victorian Association of Dispute Resolution) 2016- current
* Registered with the Attorney General’s Department From 2015
* Israel BAR member From 1994

Founder of the Australian Forum of Russian speaking Jewry
(member of AFRJ committee) Feb 2014
* Events, fundraising events, concerts, hosted Russian radio Forum
Caulfield Hospital
*Pastoral care.

Communication / Advocacy Skills
* Guiding and directing client to increase the ability to negotiate effectively
* Encourage client to prepare themselves to the mediation session by preparing the
agenda items and their proposals prior the joint sessions
* Received excellent feedback for explaining in clear the principals and the procedure of
mediation process and imperative steps in applying to the Family Court of Australia
for consent order
* Displaying professional document and information to increase clients’ awareness
regarding their right and responsibilities, Family Law Act and family violence and
* Effectively using my foreign language competence (Russian and Hebrew languages)
* Awareness of the key factors for effective mediation.
* Fully identifying the underlying issues of a conflict for clients that are culturally
* Understanding of the client’s cultural background and anticipate how it may impact
the issues leading to the conflict and on the mediation process
* Successfully working with clients with mental health, drugs and alcohol issues



4/4 Narong Rd, Caulfield North, 3161, VIC
Phone: (03) 90414843
Mobile: 0403179425
Email: irinamtk@gmail.com
Website: www.activemediation.info




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