(1)As soon as practicable after making a recommendation that the application be the subject of dispute resolution centre mediation, the commissioner must refer the application to the director of—
(a)the dispute resolution centre located closest to the scheme land; or
(b)if it appears to the commissioner that the parties to the application agree that another dispute resolution centre is preferred—the other dispute resolution centre.
(2)The application is taken to be a dispute accepted for mediation by the director of the dispute resolution centre under the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990.
(3)Nevertheless, in referring the application to the director, the commissioner must comply to the greatest practicable extent with the procedures applying under the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990 for commencing a mediation session.
(4)Evidence of anything said or done in a dispute resolution centre mediation session is inadmissible in a proceeding.