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2018 COAT National Conference
7 - 8 June, 2018I QT Canberra, ACT

Welcome to the 2018 COAT National Conference

You are invited to attend the 2018 Tribunals National Conference organised by the Council of Australasian Tribunals.

The Conference will be held at the QT Canberra on 7 and 8 June 2018, just before the Queen’s birthday long weekend.

The theme of the conference is Toward the Horizon – Tribunals of the Future.

The focus will be on features of the broader community, future trends within Australasia and the impact they will have on the work of tribunals. In other words, we will be looking well outside the day-to-day work of tribunals to understand changes in the environment in which we operate (including advances in technology and security issues) in order to inform the development of future practices. With that in mind, we are engaging a number of speakers in disciplines outside the law.

We will also plan to have sessions dealing with the skills that tribunal members need to do their work successfully - such as preparing and delivering ex tempore decisions, and identifying and dealing with conflicts of interest.

Outstanding speakers are being arranged. More details about them and the topics of their presentations will be published on the website in the months ahead.

The Conference dinner will be held at the Australian War Memorial in a special venue steeped in history, 100 years after the end of World War I. It promises to be a very special evening.

Among its many features, Canberra offers a wide variety of national cultural institutions including the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National Library, Questacon the National Science and Technology Centre as well as Parliament House.  Each is worth visiting.Canberra is also a gateway to the Snowy Mountains, and in June 2018 might provide a great place to start a winter holiday.

So save the dates 7 and 8 June, 2018 in your calendar and plan to attend this outstanding Conference.

Early bird registration fees will apply for those who register before Friday, 6th April, 2018.

I look forward to meeting you there,

Graeme Neate AM
2018 COAT National Conference Chair




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