Steven Macdessi – Affiliations

Steven Macdessi – Member of The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA)

Steven Macdessi is a current member the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (NSW Chapter).

Founded in 1975, The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA) is the nation’s largest, independent and most experienced arbitration and mediation service. The Institute has a strong commitment to multi-disciplinary fellowship and learning.

IAMA aims to serve the community, commerce and industry by facilitating efficient dispute resolution methods including arbitration, mediation, conciliation and adjudication. It is Australia-wide, with members represented in all States and Territories and overseas.


Steven Macdessi - The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia

Being a member of IAMA brings the experience some of Australia’s most eminent engineers, accountants, lawyers, building consultants, architects and other professionals to the practice of arbitration and mediation.

IAMA’s internal accreditation, professional development and training programmes, as well as its administrative back-up procedures, ensure quality of service delivery.

IAMA provides an independent, reliable and convenient trust account structure to help facilitate the management of cases.

Steven Macdessi continues to apply the principles of IAMA in his professional duties for the benefit of his clients and community.

Further information about IAMA can be found at

Steven Macdessi – Member of The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)

Steven Macdessi - Australian Institute of Project Management

October 2008

Steven Macdessi is a current Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is the peak body for project management in Australia. Formed in 1976, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 30 years.

AIPM is recognised by business, industry, and government, as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism.

Project management is defined as the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives.

The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while working within the project constraints. Typical constraints are scope, cost and time.

As a Member (MAIPM), Steven Macdessi has demonstrated to the AIPM board that he possesses skills, knowledge and competency to perform in the role of a project team member, Project Manager or Programme Director.

Furthermore, to be recognised as a Member, Steven Macdessi was required to have at least five years relevant experience in project management as well as formal qualification.

Steven Macdessi specialises in the project management in the building and construction industry and has over 12 years industry experience.

Further information about the Australian Institute of Project Managers can be found at

Steven Macdessi – Charity Co-ordinator for The Handyland House That Youth Built 2001

July 2001

The Handyland House That Youth Built was an exciting project that brought together the youth of today with the youth of tomorrow. A three bedroom, three bathroom house was designed by Built Environment students from the University of New South Wales and constructed (under supervision) by apprentices from the Master Builders Association (MBA) and TAFE trade students to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

This is the third ‘House That Youth Built’ project completed by Handyland. Representing Handyland and co-ordinator of the Handyland House That Youth Built 2001 project was Steven Macdessi.

MBA and TAFE students, including carpenters, bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, tilers, plasterers and painters completed construction of the first module of the house at the Sydney Home Show 2001. The Hon Carmel Tebbutt, MLC, Minister for Juvenile Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier on Youth officially opened the “Handyland House That Youth Built” at the Sydney Home Show.

At the completion of the Sydney Home Show, the module was loaded onto special trucks and transported throughout the night to the final destination at Harrington Park where students continued to complete the project and landscaping over the next month.

All materials and services used for the project were donated by many generous sponsors in the NSW community.

The house was auctioned in June 2001 for $275,000. The money raised from the auction of the house was donated to The Children’s Hospital Westmead and put towards establishing a Day Treatment Centre for children with Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common life-threatening genetic condition affecting Australian children and the Day Treatment Centre will provide benefits for the 350 children with CF cared for by the Hospital. The Centre has the potential to further improve our patients’ quality of life as well as their long-term outcome as the children progress into adult life.

Further information on the Handyland House That Youth Built can be found at

Steven Macdessi – Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation from the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

August 2009

Steven Macdessi has successfully completed the Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation as conducted by the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

The Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation is presented by nationally accredited instructors and is conducted Australia-wide. The course offers a practice-oriented qualification in mediation and participants who successfully complete the assessment module may apply for accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation Scheme through IAMA.

With mediation being adopted widely across the commercial, legal, industry, education and government sectors, an understanding of the practical application of mediation techniques is an important and useful professional skill.

Such skills addressed in the course include the dynamics of conflict and negotiation, the principles, stages and functions of mediation and the skills that make an effective mediator.  It also includes examination of current legal and ethical issues relevant to professional mediators. The course format includes a mix of lecture, discussion and practice.

Further information can be found at

May 2010

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