(1) Subject to subsection (3), a conference must be held in public.
Participation by telephone etc.
(2) If, when a conference is in public, a person participates by a means allowed under section 90, the assessor must take such steps as are reasonably necessary to ensure the public nature of the conference is preserved.
(3) The assessor may, on his or her own initiative or on the application of a party, if he or she is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so, direct that a conference, or a part of a conference, be held in private and give directions as to the persons who may be present.
Concerns of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders
(4) In determining whether a conference or part of a conference is to be held in private, the assessor must have due regard to the cultural and customary concerns of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.