Invitation to attend

The COAT national tribunals conference returns in 2021, with a different look and feel, interesting and relevant topics, and top-quality presenters.

The conference theme is responsive, resilient, reskilled – tribunals in times of change.

This year’s conference is different because it will be delivered entirely online from venues around Australia and New Zealand.

It will take place on 10 and 11 June 2021 between  9:30am and 1:30pm AEST each day to maximise the opportunity for people from Perth to Auckland to participate.

The program will include plenary and workshop sessions, on broad themes and practical skills.  It will cover topics including:

  • decision writing
  • tribunal leadership
  • working smarter
  • tribunal craft

Among the range of impressive speakers who have agreed to make presentations are:

  • Helen Sword: Decision writing master class
  • Robyn Layton: Leading tribunals, training leaders
  • Jemma King: Life Hacks for not getting stressed
  • Ashley Whillans: Being time smart
  • Linda Pearson and Janina Boughey: The Rules of evidence do not apply – what does this mean?

More details about the program, including the presenters of the plenary sessions, will be available soon.

Although we will miss the camaraderie of renewing acquaintances and making new friends at a face-to-face conference, the online conference should allow more people to attend and reduce the cost and inconvenience of travel.

So, save the dates now in your calendar and plan to attend the 2021 COAT national conference.

Anne Britton
Chair, Council of Australasian Tribunals
on behalf of the 2021 COAT National Conference Organising Committee

Hear from Ashley Whillans

Hear from Helen Sword

Speakers
Hon Justice Judy Hughes
Justice Michelle Quigley
Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE
Dr Janina Boughey
Prof Monica Attard OAM
Hon Justice Martin Daubney AM
Hugh Dillon
Shane Fitzsimmons
Hon Justice John Griffiths
Magistrate Fiona Hayes
Judge Sandy Horneman-Wren SC
Dr Jemma King
Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Hon Dr Robyn Layton AO QC
Dr Carolyn McKay
Linda Pearson
Hon Justice Janine Pritchard
Helen Sword
Judge Richard Weinstein SC
Ashley Whillans
About the Council of Australasian Tribunals

COAT is the national body through which tribunals can come together to examine and compare ideas, working methods, organisation and management, member trainings and support programs. The COAT is intended to facilitate liaison and discussion between the heads of tribunals. It will support the development of best practice models and model procedural rules, standards of behaviour and conduct for members and increased capacity for training and support for members.

ABOUT COAT

The COAT is intended to facilitate liaison and discussion between the heads of tribunals. It will support the development of best practice models and model procedural rules, standards of behaviour and conduct for members and increased capacity for training and support for members.