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


2024 COAT National Conference – Save the Date!
6 & 7  June 2024, Brisbane QLD, Hybrid Event
The theme for the conference is “That’s a good tip…..I can use that” and aims to provide delegates with practical ideas that will help them discharge their day-to-day functions. Sessions will traverse new technology, contemporary values, and traditional skills, as well as get into some practical tips for carrying out the nuts and bolts of our work.    
Registration is open! Please click here for the Program.
Early registration discounts are available until May 1.  Please click here for the conference website and to subscribe to the mailing list for updates.

COAT WA invites you to join them for a free presentation by The Hon Justice Emilios Kyrou AO, President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, who will speak on the topic of Key features of the new Administrative Review Tribunal (ART). Followed by questions with the President and the AAT Registrar, Michael Hawkins AM. Light refreshments provided.
5pm Monday 15 April 2024
AAT, Level 15, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth
RSVP by 10 April to
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A Better Complaint Handling System for Tribunals
COAT and the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Inc (AIJA) have identified a need for a better practice guide to assist Australasian tribunals to design, review and improve their complaint handling systems. To address the need, this Guide has been developed as a joint project of the two organisations. The Guide was prepared under the supervision of an advisory committee with representatives of both organisations and was assisted by the generosity of tribunals in collating and providing their complaint handling policy and procedure documents. Please click here to download the Guide.


Enrol now in COAT’s  online Advanced Decision Writing course designed for experienced Tribunal members. The course features interviews and a series of exercises with some of Australia’s most respected decision-writers who discuss their approach to decision-writing: Justice Jayne Jagot (High Court of Australia), Justice Mark Leeming (NSW Court of Appeal), Justice John Griffith (A/ Justice of the Court of Appeal, formerly justice of the Federal Court of Australia), Justice Rachel Pepper (NSW Land and Environment Court) and Deputy President Bernard McCabe (Administrative Appeals Tribunal).


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 26 February -19 April 2024, and 26 August to 18 October 2024, or contact our office at

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


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 courses, or if you would like an in-house group workshop, or to host a state-based workshop.

Our next 3-week Online Introductory Decision Writing Programs  will be held  4-18 March and 15 July – 3 August 2024. Please register your EOI with our Secretariat at







Personal Injury Commission (NSW)
Full-time General Member 

Motor Accidents Division (x 1)
Workers Compensation Division (x 1)
Applications are sought from suitably qualified and experienced persons for appointment to the position of General Member (Full Time) in both the Workers Compensation or Motor Accidents Division. Candidates with experience across both Divisions may be successful for a dual appointment. Full-Time General Members are based in Sydney. Some travel may be required.

Full-Time General Members receive an attractive salary. Appointments may be made for terms up to five years, with eligibility for reappointment.

Applicants for appointment as a General Member will be qualified legal practitioners of at least 5 years’ standing or, in the opinion of the Minister, possess special knowledge, skill or expertise. Ideally applicants will have sound knowledge of motor accidents and/or workers compensation law and practice, coupled with demonstrated alternative dispute resolution and facilitation skills and experience.

Applications close at 10.00AM (AEST) on 19 April 2024.

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