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

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

2020 COAT National Conference cancelled.
It was with deep regret that the Council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT) Executive decided to cancel the 2020 COAT National Conference, scheduled to take place in Adelaide 4, 5 June 2020, given the  circumstances relating to COVID-19.  This is the first time in 23 years that COAT will not host an annual conference. It is our intention for the Conference to return to Adelaide in 2021.  Further announcements will be made in due course.


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.

COAT On-line Member Induction Program

 COAT’s on-line training program designed for recently appointed Tribunal members is currently in the planning for our next courses. Please contact our office to note your expression of interest to be included in the next intake.

Decision Writing Workshop

Please note that due to COVID-19, we continue to review the situation in regard to all face to face workshops, which may be cancelled or postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
COAT’s Decision Writing Workshop is 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.

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