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

We are delighted to announce that this year’s COAT NSW Conference will be held online Friday, 26 November 2021, with the theme Accessible and inclusive justice – What can tribunals do better?  This exciting half-day program is planned with speakers and panel discussions covering topics such as:
• Practical strategies for making tribunals accessible for people with a disability
• The dos and don’ts of fact finding for tribunals
• Safe workplaces: bullying and harassment in legal environments
• Working effectively with people with challenging behaviours
Register now! 

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 commencing 14 February 2022.  

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, Jenny Green 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. A one-day in-person Decision Writing Workshop will be held at the Vibe Hotel Sydney Friday 25 February 2022 & the Vibe Hotel Melbourne Friday 8 April 2022. Other states will be scheduled depending on demand. We are also 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.