Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

The Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) was founded in 1996 as a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the avoidance and resolution of contract disputes using the unique and proven Dispute Board (DB) method.

The Australasian Chapter of the DRBF was initially established in 2003 as the Dispute Resolution Board Australasia (DRBA). Its growth over the next ten years led to it being established in January 2013 as Region 3 of DRBF.

The initial focus of the DRBF was to assist the parties to construction contracts to improve the outcome of their projects. Historically, the complexity of construction projects and the uncertainties associated with the many variables to be overcome in their delivery led to many disputes in this class of contracts. As the Dispute Board concepts have developed, they have come to be recognised as beneficial to any commercial contract with elements of uncertainty and/or where the contract work is to be conducted over a considerable period of time.

Some examples of DB Projects

Suburban Train Sets
Suburban Train Sets

One of the 18 x 4 car suburban train sets produced for Sydney in a $440m Design, Build & Commission contract utilising a DRB. Ahead of time, under budget, no disputes, all settled before PC date

RMS Princess Highway Upgrade
RMS Princess Highway Upgrade

RMS Princess Highway upgrade, underway

11.6 Km Foxground-Berry bypass awarded to Fulton Hogan

RMS Pacific Highway Upgrade

RMS Pacific Highway Upgrade. Two more sections underway:

Nambucca Heads to Urunga; Contractor: Lend lease Engineering (Abigroup)

Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads; Contractor: Acciona Ferrovial JV


Dispute Board Benefits

A much higher probability that your project can be achieved without disputes.

Focus on relationships

Open communications and a team approach to solving unexpected problems.

Successful outcomes

A much improved chance of meeting your project objectives for both time of performance and final cost.