(1) The ACMA may, at any stage of a hearing, direct persons participating or seeking to participate in the hearing to attend a conference before a member of the ACMA or a member of the staff of the ACMA for the purpose of:
(a) discussing matters relevant to the hearing; or
(b) clarifying any of the matters to be dealt with by the hearing; or
(c) resolving any differences between the persons participating in the hearing.
(2) If a person who is directed to participate in a conference in relation to a hearing fails, without reasonable excuse, to attend the conference, the person may be excluded from participation or further participation in the hearing.