(1)A party to the application may be represented by an agent at the specialist mediation or specialist conciliation session if the dispute resolution officer approves and is satisfied an agent should be permitted to help the dispute resolution process.
(2)Subsection (1) does not prevent—
(a)if a corporation under the Corporations Act is a party to the application—an officer of the corporation from representing the corporation; or
(b)if another corporation is a party to the application—an agent appointed by the corporation from representing the corporation; or
(c)if more than 1 owner constitutes the body corporate—1 or more of the owners from representing the body corporate.
(3)The approval may be given without conditions or on the conditions the dispute resolution officer considers reasonable to ensure no other party to the application is substantially disadvantaged by the agent appearing at the session.
(4)If the approval is given on conditions, the entitlement of the party to be represented by an agent is subject to the agent complying with the conditions.