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 COAT NSW’s annual conference will be held face-to-face again in 2022 on Friday, 16 September 2022 at the Pullman Hotel on Hyde Park. We will also be offering the full-day program online for our colleagues who cannot make it to Sydney. Discounted fees are available for attendees who register by Friday, 26 August with a further discount for members of the COAT NSW Chapter. Please click here to visit the conference website for further information.

SAVE THE DATE! Please click here for the flyer with further details. Registration will be open shortly. 

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 commencing early 2023 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 31 October to 11 November 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.