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 NSW Conference – Save the Date!
Friday, 11 October 2024 at the Pullman Hotel on Hyde Park in Sydney – In-person only.
This year’s conference – Back Together – Back to Basics – will involve a mix of topics designed to enhance the knowledge and skills relevant to anyone working in tribunals. Commissioner the Honourable Paul Brereton will be the keynote speaker and will discuss the National Anti-Corruption Commission. Justice Brian Preston of the NSW Land and Environment Court will present on the topic of decision writing and Justice Kristina Stern of the NSW Supreme Court has agreed to deliver a paper on procedural fairness. Please visit the conference website for further details and updates as they are confirmed.

Managing a Fair Tribunal: Effective Engagement, Communication and Self Care
30 August 2024, 9:00am – 4:00pm In -Person only, Melbourne
This one-day skills-based program for tribunal members focuses on developing and practising techniques to manage the tribunal room more effectively.
Human Ethos are experienced psychologists/facilitators who will guide you through interactive exercises and coaching that will build your confidence and give insight into improving your communication to meet the diverse needs of tribunal users. Human Ethos are internationally recognised experts in judicial wellbeing education, consultation and intervention. They work collaboratively with leaders to understand the specific challenges and needs of a jurisdiction, division or individual.
Topics covered include:
– Performing the tribunal member role with appropriate authority
– Managing complex behaviours in the tribunal room
– Self-regulation
– Member health and wellbeing over a sustained period
Please click here for further details and to register your EOI.
Please click here to download the June – December training flyer.


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 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  15 July – 3 August 2024. Please register your EOI with our Secretariat at







Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal – Adjudicator
QCAT is currently calling for an expression of interest for people to be placed within the pool of acting Adjudicators.

How to apply: If you are eligible for the position of Adjudicator you may submit an expression of interest.

In your expression of interest, provide your resume, no longer than two pages, detailing:

  • your career history
  • academic qualifications (if applicable)
  • membership of professional / community bodies
  • publications written edited or contributed to in your professional capacity (if applicable)
  • experience on Boards and Tribunals (if applicable).

You must also provide a maximum two-page statement addressing the selection criteria for appointment, set out on pages 9 and 10 of the QCAT Tribunal Recruitment Information Kit.

Click here for more details.