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.

About the Council of Australasian Tribunals

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.

At the inaugural meeting on 6 June 2002 Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand tribunal heads supported a proposal for establishing a Council of Australasian Tribunals… Learn more

Contacting the Council of Australasian Tribunals

If you would like more information about COAT, please contact Ms Kathryn McKenzie, COAT Secretariat, on 0418 281 116 or  at

Latest News & Events

After a year like no other, 2022 will be a time for Tribunals to reset and be reinvigorated. This is the theme for next year’s COAT National Conference – to be held as a virtual event on 9 and 10 June 2022. There is an impressive range of national and international speakers lined up.  Click here to visit the conference website for further details. 
Please note that the Heads of Tribunals meeting will take place 2pm 9 June and the AGM 2pm 10 June via Teams during the Conference. Details will be forwarded to members shortly. If you have any enquiries please contact our office.

2022 Whitmore Lecture
COAT NSW are delighted to invite you to the 2022 Whitmore Lecture, to be delivered by Professor Megan Davis, titled The Uluru Statement from the Heart – the next step for Australian democracy. The lecture will be held on Wednesday 18 May 2022, 5.30 – 7pm at  Court 1, Level 21, Queens Square Law Courts Building, 184 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000. The lecture will be simultaneously available via Microsoft Teams to our wider membership and colleagues. Please click here for further details and bookings. 

COAT Online Member Induction Program
The Council of Australasian Tribunals will continue to offer its  on-line induction program designed for recently appointed Tribunal members.  The program offers practical guidance on carrying out the challenging role of  a Tribunal member.  Please register your EOI for the next course .  

COAT Practice Manual for Tribunals 5th Edition 
Please click here for details on the latest edition, the downloadable web version, or to purchase hard copies of the Manual.

Coronavirus (COVID19)

With the impact of COVID-19 on our operations, workplace and daily lives, we have facilited forums to assist with the sharing of issues and information.

The delivery of face to face programs will be dependent on COVID-19 restrictions throughout the year.

COAT On-line Member Induction Program

COAT’s on-line training program designed for recently appointed Tribunal members will continue to be offered.  Please register your EOI online for the next intake or contact our office.

COAT’s educational consultant, Athena Ingall can be contacted at if you have any queries or requests in relation to professional development.

Decision Writing Courses

COAT’s Decision Writing Courses are designed to improve decision writing skills through analysis, discussion and rewriting aspects of reasons for decision. Please contact our office to note your expression of interest to be included in the next course, or if you would like an in-house group workshop, or to host a state-based workshop.
Because of uncertainty surrounding COVID, all COAT face-to-face workshops and courses are postponed until further notice.
We are now offering a 2-week Online Decision Writing Program; the next is 2 May – 13 May 2022. Please register your EOI with our Secretariat at to assist in planning.
An online Advanced Decision Writing course is being designed for experienced Tribunal members, featuring interviews with experienced judges and Tribunal members on decision-writing technique. Further details will be advised once confirmed.