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Arthur Moses SC1 1 President, Law Council of Australia The Rule of Law demands the independence of tribunals.  Yet maintaining the appearance of independence is equally crucial to promote public trust and confidence in tribunal members and their decision-making.  In...
  • June 3, 2019
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Susan Burdon Smith1, Kim Saxton2, Rowan Hughes3 1Senior Member, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal  2Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association 3Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) Using the Judicial Council for Cultural Diversity National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts...
  • May 21, 2019
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Leonie Campbell1 1Deputy Director of Policy, Law Council of Australia, 19 Torrens St Braddon, ACT 2602, leonie.campbell@lawcouncil.asn.au   The Justice Project, the Law Council’s own comprehensive national inquiry into the state of access in Australia for people experiencing disadvantage, was...
  • May 20, 2019
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Bernard McCabe1 1Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Sydney Conventional wisdom has it that a tribunal member should write reasons for the losing party which explain the reasons for the loss. Recent studies of the ways in which people process facts that run...
  • May 20, 2019
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Katarina Palmgren Court Legal Advisor, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC In recent years we have witnessed an increased interest in online dispute resolution (ODR) amongst courts, tribunals and public justice systems around the world. The aim of integrating ODR...
  • May 16, 2019
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Carly Schrever1 1University of Melbourne; Judicial Wellbeing Advisor, Judicial College of Victoria, Melbourne Decision-making is sophisticated, demanding, and at times emotionally and cognitively draining.  Like judges and magistrates, decision-makers on tribunals, boards and panels work in intense adversarial environments, under...
  • April 30, 2019
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Rosalie Martin1 1Chatter Matters Tasmania, Tasmania  This experiential presentation will give its audience an embodied sense of just how weak ‘weak communication’ skills might be. It will share perspective on the privilege and agency bestowed by strong language and communication...
  • April 29, 2019
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Justice Ian Ross AO 1 1Fair Work Commission, Melbourne, VIC Nudge Theory – also known as behavioural economics – combines insights from psychology, cognitive science and economics to influence people’s behaviour in predictable and constructive ways. Nudge Theory’s potential to...
  • April 29, 2019
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Professor Martine Powell1 1 Centre for Investigative Interviewing, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, 176 Messines Ridge Rd, Mt Gravatt QLD 4122, martine.powell@griffith.edu.au   Investigative interviewing is the process of eliciting accurate and detailed information from a person about an event...
  • March 15, 2019
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PULSE@Parkes, is an innovative CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science program that gives high school students the opportunity to control the famous 64m Parkes radio telescope, “The Dish” remotely in real time to observe pulsars. These rapidly spinning super dense remnants...
  • May 25, 2018
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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.