Dear Colleagues, COAT Members, Conference Attendees,
It is with deep regret that the Council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT) executive has decided to cancel the 2020 COAT National Conference, scheduled to take place in Adelaide 4, 5 June 2020. The Executive formed the view that given the rapidly changing circumstances relating to COVID-19 it had no choice but to cancel the conference.
It is our hope that by making an early decision, the level of inconvenience to participants will be minimalised.
This is the first time in 23 years that COAT will not host an annual conference. Under the leadership of Justice Judy Hughes, the conference organising committee had put together a dynamic and stimulating program, with the keynote address to be delivered by the Honourable Stephen Gageler AC, Justice of the High Court of Australia
It is our intention for the Conference to return to Adelaide in 2021. Many speakers who agreed to participate in the 2020 conference have generously agreed to present at next year’s conference. Further announcements will be made in due course.
Anyone who has paid registration fees will be given the option of receiving a refund or having any fees paid recredited towards the 2021 Conference. The Conference organisers will be in touch over the coming weeks to make arrangements.
We thank you for your understanding during this very difficult time.
Council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT)