The Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW) came into effect on 1 October 2010. On 7 May 2010, the Standing Committee of Attorney-Generals of the States and Territories agreed to adopt the Model Commercial Arbitration Bill. NSW is the first State to pass that Bill. The Act aims to bring the domestic arbitration legislation in Australia more in line with international arbitration, in particular the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (Model Law). The new Act, which came into force in NSW on 1 October 2010, removes the court’s discretion on whether to stay legal proceedings where there is a valid arbitration agreement, widens the powers available to arbitrators (eg arbitrators can order discovery, security for costs, issue a subpoena, …), imposes confidentiality, further limits appeal rights, …. The Act is expected to be introduced in all Australian states and territories.