Thursday 6 June 2019 – Conference Day 1

Room Meeting Room 106 & 105 Meeting Room 104 Meeting Room 103
9:00 Mental Health Tribunals Meeting Human Rights Act (Qld)/Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (Vic)/ Human Rights Act (ACT) – Information Sharing Interjurisdictional Workers Compensation Dispute Resolutions Organisation Meeting (closed meeting, by invitation only)
10:30 Heads of Tribunals Meeting

 

Focus group discussion: tribunal member professional development (invitation only)

 

Health Practitioners Tribunals Meeting (invitation only)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch and Registration 
Room Meeting Room 106 & 105
13:00 – 13:10

Welcome and Introduction, Anne Britton, Chair, Council of Australasian Tribunals (National)

Welcome to Country, Gheran Y Steel

13:10 – 13:20 Opening remarks, Justice Michelle Quigley, President, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal 
Chair Justice Michelle Quigley
13:20 – 14:00

Communicating justice – striking the right balance between the need for open and transparent justice, and the use of suppression orders to protect the legitimate interests of parties in proceedings

The Hon. Justice Frank Vincent, AO QC 

Chair Justice Judy Hughes
14:00 – 15:30 Excellence in Communication – how we communicate decisions well, both in writing and orally, and how we can provide clear information for the community about the work we do

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea
Room  Meeting Room 106 & 105 Meeting Room 104
Session Concurrent session 1 Concurrent session 2
Chair Anina Johnson Richard Bruxner
16:00 – 17:00

Speaking the right social media language

Justice Steven Rares, Federal Court of Australia

Push, Pull or Nudge: How Nudge Theory can offer new ways to get the message across

Justice Iain Ross AO, President, Australian Fair Work Commission

PRESENTATION PDF 

19:00 – 19:30 Pre-Dinner Drinks, Clarendon Room Pre-Function Area
19:30 – 22:30 Conference Dinner, Clarendon Room A&B
Speaker: Bryan Dawe, Writer, Actor and Political Satirist

Friday 7 June – Conference Day 2

8:00 – 8:30 Conference Registration – Tea and Coffee on Arrival
Room Meeting Room 106 & 105
8:30 – 9:30 Council of Australasian Tribunals Annual General Meeting
Room Meeting Room 106 & 105
Session Chair Graeme Neate AM
9:30 – 11:00

Communicating with self-represented litigants – what is required to ensure procedural fairness

The Hon Justice Chris Maxwell AC, President, Victorian Court of Appeal

11:00 – 11:30 Morning Tea
Room Meeting Room 106 & 105 Meeting Room 104
Session Concurrent session 1 Concurrent session 2
Chair Genevieve Nihill Judge Paul Lakatos
11:30 – 12:30

The use of investigative interviewing to assist in decision making – how this can lead to clearer communication in hearings and fairer outcomes

Professor Martine Powell
Founding Director of Centre for Investigative Interviewing

Accountability, transparency and diversity – the importance of an independent tribunal appointment process

Arthur Moses SC, President, Law Council of Australia

12:30 – 12:45 Council of Australasian Tribunals Victoria Annual General Meeting
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch
Room  Meeting Room 106 & 105 Meeting Room 104 Meeting Room 103
Session Concurrent session 1 Concurrent session 2 Concurrent session 3
Chair Genevieve Nihill Matthew Carroll Justice Martin Daubney AM
13:30 – 14:30

Managing stress and maximising wellbeing for decision makers on tribunals, boards and panels

Carly Schrever, Judicial Wellbeing Advisor, Judicial College of Victoria

PRESENTATION PDF

The use of investigative interviewing to assist in decision making – how this can lead to clearer communication in hearings and fairer outcomes

Professor Martine Powell
Founding Director of Centre for Investigative Interviewing

Exploring the potential for online dispute resolution

Katarina Palmgren, Court Legal Advisor at Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

Deputy President Ian Lulham, Head of Civil Claims List, VCAT

Carolyn McSporran, Principal Registrar VCAT

PRESENTATION PDF

Chair Justice Lea Armstrong Kylea Campana James Crichton
14:30 – 15:30

The importance of story-telling and narrative in decision-making

Bernard McCabe, Deputy President and Head Taxation and Commercial Division Administrative Appeals Tribunal

PRESENTATION PDF

Working with interpreters; a practical workshop bringing some tricky issues into focus

Susan Burdon-Smith
Senior Member, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Kim Saxton, the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association

Rowan Hughes, Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)

PRESENTATION PDF

The Justice Project – improving access for groups with particular communication needs

Leonie Campbell, Law Council of Australia

PRESENTATION PDF

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea
Room Meeting Room 106 & 105
Session Chair Justice Michelle Quigley
16:00 – 16:50 Panel Session: The voice from the other side of the table: How can tribunals provide the best environment for effective communication?

  • David Manne, Executive Director, Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre
  • Tessa van Duyn, Legal Manager, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
16:50 – 17:00

Closing Remarks 

Anne Britton, Chair, Council of Australasian Tribunals (National)

 

 

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