2019 COAT National Conference Home Page

Thank you

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to thank you for joining us at the 2019 Council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT) National Conference, held 6 – 7 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The theme for the conference was “Communicating Justice: Tribunals in the Community”.

On the program page of this website the words ‘PRESENTATION PDF’ appear alongside titles where the speaker has given their consent for publishing.

Click HERE to navigate to the program page.


Genevieve Nihill
Chair, 2019 National Conference Organising Committee

Conference Organising Committee


  • Genevieve Nihill


  • Justice Judy Hughes
  • Graeme Neate
  • Anina Johnson
  • James Crichton
  • Tricia Harper
  • Susan Burdon-Smith
  • Susan Woodford
  • Jodie Preston (Secretariat)

Why attend?

This conference represents a unique opportunity for Tribunal heads, members, managers and those interested in tribunal administration and justice to gather and learn from each other’s stories and hear from leading experts in the field.

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a variety sessions, listen to leading keynote speakers and participate in stimulating Q&A style panel discussion.

Contact Us

For all enquiries, contact the team at Conference Design:

+61 3 6231 2999

Venue & Destination

It takes a big place to hold so many little surprises.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is Melbourne’s destination for big ideas and inspirational events.

Showcasing an incredible range of spaces, innovative design and jaw dropping food, we are home to the most spectacular local and international events and have everything you need to help your event take shape.

Venue Address

1 Convention Centre Pl,
South Wharf VIC 3006

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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.