2021 COAT NSW ONLINE CONFERENCE

Accessible and inclusive justice – What can tribunals do better? 

Friday 26 November 2021

Location

Online

We are delighted to announce that this year’s COAT NSW Conference will be held on 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
Registration is now open! 


Conference Resources

COAT NSW Newsletter - 2019 Whitmore Lecture

COAT NSW

COAT NSW Newsletter - August 2019

COAT NSW

COAT NSW Newsletter - December 2019

COAT NSW

COAT NSW Newsletter - May 2020

COAT NSW

COAT NSW Newsletter - August 2020

COAT NSW

COAT NSW Newsletter - April 2021

COAT NSW

COAT NSW Newsletter - September 2021

COAT NSW

Tribunal Independence

Pamela O'Connor Monash University

Whitmore Lecture 2019 - The Foundations of Administrative Law

The Honourable Chief Justice James Allsop AO

Whitmore Lecture 2017 - Separation of powers - Dialogue and deference

The Honourable Justice John Basten

Whitmore Lecture 2016 - Judicial Review & the Shifting Sands of Legal Unreasonableness

The Honourable Justice MJ Beazley AO

Whitmore Lecture 2015 - Whitmore and the Americans: Some American influences on the development of Australian Administrative Law

The Honourable Justice Stephen Gageler

Oral Decisions - Some Suggestions

Justice John Chaney

Tribunal Independence

Justice Greg Parker, President, South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Engaging the public and encouraging excellence

Justice Iain Ross AO

Whitmore Lecture 2014 - The Value of Human Rights for Australia

Professor Gillian Triggs

Whitmore Lecture 2013 - Forewarned and Four-Armed - Administrative Law Values and the Fourth Arm of Government

The Honourable Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC

Whitmore Lecture 2021 - Balancing informality with natural justice and the work of tribunals

The Honourable Virginia Bell AC

Tribunal Independence in Appointments - A Best Practice Guide

COAT

The Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law

Justice Alan Wilson

Tribunal Competency Framework - Promoting Professional Excellence

COAT National

COAT Pratice Manual

COAT National

COAT Best Practice Guide to Tribunal Independence in Appointments - Discussion Paper

COAT National

Best Pratice Guide to Tribunal Independence in Appointments - Discussion Paper - Call for Submissions

Duncan Kerr, COAT Chair

A Canadian perspective on tribunal independence

Professor Philip Bryden Faculty of Law, University of Alberta Visiting Professor, Adelaide Law School

International Framework for Tribunal Excellence April 2014

COAT National

Tribunal Independence - 2013 Edition

Whitmore Lecture 2012 - The reason for administrative reasons - Osmond Revisited

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

Whitmore Lecture 2011 - The Constitutionalisation of State Administrative Law

Ronald Sackville QC AO

Whitmore Lecture 2010 - Freedom of information - a new paradigm

The Honourable Justice Ruth McColl AO

Public inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements - Submission to the Australian Government, Productivity Commission

COAT National

Whitmore Lecture 2009 - Can administrative law foster good administration?

Professor John McMillan AO

Whitmore Lecture 2008 - The Tribunal Dilemma : Rigorous Informality

The Honourable Justice Garry Downes AM

Whitmore Lecture 2007 - The Kerr Report: Its Continuing Significance

Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE

Tribunals and performance criteria

Dr Stephen Colbran Senior Lecturer Faculty of Law Queensland University of Technology

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Working with interpreters in Boards and Tribunals

Susan Burdon-Smith, VCAT

Push, Pull or Nudge? How Nudge Theory can offer new ways for tribunals to get the message across

Justice Iain Ross AO

Managing stress and maximising wellbeing for decision makers on tribunals, boards and panels

Carly Schrever, Judicial College of Victoria

Exploring Online Dispute Resolution'

Carolyn McSporran, VCAT

Conference Program

COAT

Using videoconferencing to improve access to justice - Suggestions from the Gateways to Justice Project

Anne Wallace, University of Canberra

Tribunals as the Generic Face of Justice: a challenge for the 21st Century

Professor Robin Creyke

Recent Developments of interest to Tribunal Members - AUA case studies

Robin Creyke

How doctors think?

A/ Professor Hadia Haikal Mukhtar B Sc Hons; MBBS; FRACGP; LLB Hons.

Cognitive Autopsy

Dr Romesh Singam

Designing tribunal spaces How can architecture contribute to effective communication?

David Tait, Professor, Justice Research University of Western Sydney

Making Sure That Curiosity Does Not Kill the CAT: the Use of Expert Evidence in Merits Review Fora Where the Rules of Evidence Do Not Apply1

Justice Rachel Pepper, Land and Environment Court of NSW

The Justice Project - Improving access for groups withi particular communication needs

Leonie Campbell, Law Council of Australia

The importance of storytelling and narrative in tribunal decision-making

Bernard McCabe, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Workplace Office Design Guidelines

COAT National & IA Group

International framework for tribunal excellence

COAT National

Why does Australia have a general review tribunal?

The Hon. Justice Garry Downes AM, President of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Working effectively & ethically in an environment of high emotion

Hugh Dillon

Tribunals of the Future - Toward Digital Tribunals?

The Hon. Justice Greg Garde AO RFD, President VCAT

Tribunal Physical Safety and Security

Sian Leathem

Thrills, Spills and Skills: Communicating Clearly

Gina Frampton

The Impacts of Self-Represented Litigants on Civil and Administrative Justice: Environmental Scan of Research, Policy and Practice

Dr Liz Richardson, Dr Genevieve Grant and Dr Janina Boughey with Dr Becky Batagol

The High Court's decision in Burns v Corbett

Dr Anna Olijnyk

Technology in the Federal Courts

Warwick Soden

Restoring Community Relations in a Digital Age - the Community Justice and Tribunals System

Principal District Judge Bala Reddy

Restoring Community Relations in a Digital Age - the Community Justice & Tribunals System (CJTS)

Principal District Judge Bala Reddy Community Justice & Tribunals Division State Courts, Singapore

Ex tempore decisions - or saving your sanity

Lorraine Walker, Chief Magistrate and Chief Coroner of the Australian Capital Territory

Conflicts of Interest - the Rule Against Bias

Laura Beacroft and Peta Spender ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal ANU Law School

Brave New World

Sue Salthouse

Automating Justice- Rights and Liberties in a Digital World

Prof Genevieve Bell

Advance Australia Where? Making sense of the Census

Denise Carlton, ABS Chief Demographer

Providing Access to Justice: Taking Tribunals to the Community

Dr Bertus De Villiers (Member: SAT)

Working effectively & ethically in an environment of high emotion

Hugh Dillon

Using Emotional Intelligence to Enable a Successful Tribunal Hearing

Leanne Warner

Statutory Interpretation

James Emmett

Making Complex Decisions - Tools for Tribunal Members

Christia Ludlow

Statutory Interpretation

James Emmett

Writing Better Judgments

The Hon T F Bathurst AC

Dealing with distressed and volatile people

Dr Nick O'Connor

Conference Program

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Tribunals, diversity and the LGBTIQ community

Rodney Croome and Robin Banks

Safewards Victoria

Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse, DHHS

Overview of eCourts/Tribunal Plan (WA)

Martin Jackson, Acting Director, Strategic Business Development, Court & Tribunal Services, Western Australian Department of the Attorney General

On-Line Resolution Tool (Guardianship and Administration) )

Mark Street, Executive Officer, State Administration Tribunal (WA)

Ketnote address: Adapting To and Bringing About Change - Case study: Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Honourable Justice Greg Garde, President, Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Implementing VCAT's Digital Strategy - key challenges and risks

Edward Busuttil, IT Director, Strategic Projects, VCAT

Hackathon Hotspot

Mary Shortland, Executive Director - Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)

Future of Law and Justice 'The Impact of Technological Change on Courts and Tribunals'

Professor Tania Sourdin, Dean, University of Newcastle Law School

e-Mediation - Trial & Outcomes

Peter Johnstone, ADR Manager, QCAT

Diversity & Indigenous Clients: VCAT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Project

Adrian Sculthorpe, Senior Manager, PwC's Indigenous Consulting

Diversity & Indigenous Clients: AAT Adelaide Registry

Ian Phillips, Acting District Registrar, AAT; Roula Karzis-Wyatt, Member, AAT

Client needs and satisfaction' Tribunal Excellence Framework

Keryn Negri, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Applying the Framework for Tribunal Excellence & Measuring Performance: Panel -combined presentations

Keryn Negri, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT); Mary Shortland, Executive Director, Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT); Sian Leathem, Principal Registrar, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

Applying the Framework for Tribunal Excellence & Measuring Performance

Michael Vallance, Manager, International Framework for Court Excellence,Supreme Court of Victoria and Manager, International Framework for Judicial Support Excellence, Court Services Victoria

Applying the Framework for Tribunal Excellence & Measuring Performance

Michael Vallance, Manager, International Framework for Court Excellence,Supreme Court of Victoria and Manager, International Framework for Judicial Support Excellence, Court Services Victoria

Accessibility - Tribunal Excellence Framework

Mary Shortland, Executive Director - Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)

Conference Program

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Conference Program

Working effectively in a diverse world

Anukool Sathu Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Tribunals and Self-Represented Parties

Helen Shurven

Tips for Writing Clear, Logical and Concise Decisions

Justice Debra Mullins (Supreme Court of QLD)

The need to raise the bar: court interpreters as specialised experts*

Associate Professor Sandra Hale

Recent Developments in Tribunal Law

Joanna Davidson, Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers

Keynote

Judy Atkinson

Flexibiilty, Informality and Despatch - Striking the balance in Tribunal decision-making

Keith Mason AC QC Council of Australasian Tribunals Conference

Communicating effectively with people with cognitive disability

Melinda Smith Coordinator Cognitive Disability Services

Access to Justice in Multicultural Australia

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC Chief Justice of Western Australia

The Unreasonable, Querulant and Vexatious as Self Represented Litigants

Dr Grant Lester Consultant Forensic Physchiatrist Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health

Building organisational competency in a diverse world

Anukool Sathu Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Procedural Fairness - cases involving people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. Paper

John Billings, Senior Member, AAT, Migration and Refugee Division

Procedural Fairness - cases involving people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background

John Billings, Senior Member, AAT, Migration and Refugee Division

Procedural Fairness - cases involving people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background

John Billings, Senior Member, AAT, Migration and Refugee Division

Natural Justice and Registered Health Practitioners

Elizabeth Kennedy, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Natural Justice and Registered Health Practitioners

Elizabeth Kennedy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Elizabeth Kennedy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ensuring Procedural Fairness - Tribunals to Courts

Presentation by Justice Greg Garde AO RFD President, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Ensuring a Fair Hearing: Matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment and/or intellectual disability

Matthew Carroll, President, Mental Health Tribunal

Ensuring a Fair Hearing: Matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment and/or intellectual disability

Matthew Carroll, President, Mental Health Tribunal

Dealing with Complaints

Anne Darroch, Prinicpal Disputes Referee

Tensions in the Obligations of Tribunal Members

The Honourable Alan Wilson QC

Role of Reviewing Courts in Administrative Decision Making

The Honourable Justice Buchanan

Ensuring a fair hearing- matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment or intellectual disability - National Disability Insurance Scheme Hearings

Jill Toohey, Senior Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Ensuring a fair hearing- matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment or intellectual disability Ensuring procedural fairness outside the hearing process

Susan Woodford, District Registrar, General & Other Divisions, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Melbourne

Ensuring a fair hearing- matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment or intellectual disability Ensuring a fair hearing- matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment or intellectual disability Ensuring procedural fairness outside the hearing process

Susan Woodford, District Registrar, General & Other Divisions, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Melbourne

Ensuring a fair hearing- matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment or intellectual disability

Jill Toohey, Senior Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Ensuring a Fair Hearing - Matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment or intellectual disability - Hearings in the Guardianship list at VCAT

Bernadette Steele, Senior Member, Human Rights Division, VCAT

Ensuring a Fair Hearing - Matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment or intellectual disability - Hearings in the Guardianship list at VCAT

Bernadette Steele, Senior Member, Human Rights Division, VCAT

Ensuring a Fair Hearing - Matters involving persons with a mental illness, cognitive impairment or intellectual disability - Hearings in the Guardianship list at VCAT

Bernadette Steele, Senior Member, Human Rights Division, VCAT

Disciplinary Hearings in the Regulated Professions: Procedural Fairness Issues

Elisabeth Wentworth, Deputy Head of List, Review and Regulation List, VCAT

Disciplinary Hearings in the Regulated Professions: Procedural Fairness Issues

Elisabeth Wentworth Deputy Head of List, Review and Regulation List, VCAT

Conference Paper

Justice Greg Garde AO RFD President, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Affording Procedural Fairness: Culture and interpreters in Tribunal Hearings

John Longo, Member, AAT

Conference Program

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The Rule against Bias - Ongoing Evolution and Practical Conundrums for Tribunals

Prof Simon Young USQ School of Law & Justice UWA Faculty of Law

Legal Research Refresher

Christopher Matthies, Executive Director, Strategy & Policy

Going to the Cloud!

Phil Farrelly - Systems Artchitect

Firm but Fair - the Art of a Good Tribunal Hearing

Jan Redfern, Deputy President & Division Head of the Migration & Refuge Division of the AAT

Evidence from a digital device

Miiko Kumar, Jack Shand Chamber

Looking Over Your Shoulder, Tribunals in Australia

Mark Robinson SC

Looking Over Your Shoulder, Tribunals in Australia

Mark Robinson SC

Big Sister is watching - Orwellian overtones or no cause for alarm

Peta Stilgoe

Big Sister is watching - Orwellian overtones or no cause for alarm

Peta Stilgoe

Rounding Up CATs - The Respective Roles of Tribunals and Courts in Disciplinary Proceedings against Lawyers

Chris Edmonds SC

Conference Program

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The role of neurobiology in achieving a "Comfortable Satisfaction"

Dr Hayley Bennett

Effective Questioning for Eliciting Information from Witnesses in Tribunal Hearings

Angela Dixon, PHD Children's Hospital, Westmead Sydney

Drawn from Experience How to live the good life

Matthew Johnstone

Tribunal law update

Sarah-jane Morris, Special Counsel

Conference Program

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Accessibility of Tribunals for Vulnerable or Disadvantaged Participants

Matthew Carroll, President, Victorian Mental Health Tribunal

Access to Justice, Law Schools, and Clinical Legal Education - The VCAT Self- Help Clinic

Professor Bryan Horrigan BA, LLB (Hons) (Qld), DPhil (Oxon)

Access to Justice Report - The Role of Tribunals

Angela MacRae Angela MacRae Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Tribunals and Administrative Law Times They are A'Changing

Robin Creyke

Structure and restructure, the rise of FDR and experts in hot tubs - Reflections on SAT's first decade

Judge David Parry

Mindfulness for resilience, wellbeing and sustainable performance

Dr Craig Hassed Senior Lecturer Monash University Department of General Practice

Opening Address

Hon. Justice Duncan Kerr. President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Writing to clarify, engage and persuade

Gina Frampton Writing Comes Alive

Reasonableness and Reasons: lessons for good decision- making

K Mattes, A/Special Counsel

REGISTER OF AUSTRALASIAN TRIBUNALS

COAT NATIONAL

Access to Justice, Administrative Tribunals and the Rule of Law

The Hon Robert French AC

COAT NATIONAL

Personal Values: inevitable aids or obstacles to neutrality?

Keith Mason AC QC

Mindfulness Amidst the Madness How to use mindfulness to cultivate resilience and peak performance in decision making

Elizabeth Granger

Assessing Witness Credibility

Dr Richard Kemp University of New South Wales, Dr Helen Paterson The University of Sydney

Reasonableness and Reasons - Lessons for Good Decision-making

Kiri Mattes A/Special Counsel Administrative Law Crown Solicitor's Office NSW

Conference Program

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Conference Program

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Privacy Law and Decision Making

Kate Eastman

Social Media in Tribunal Proceedings - Evidentiary & Case Management Challenges

Robert Bromwich SC 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers

Managing Complex Cases

Cathy Aird, Deputy President - Domestic Building List, VCAT

Government of Laws not of Men' Statutory interpretation through the prism of native title

Susan Phillips

The art and science of diagnosis

Wendy Hu MBBS DipPaed MHA PhD FRACGP School of Medicine, UWS

The Art and Science of Diagnosis

Mark Burns MBBS MSafSc FAFOEM(RACP) FAADEP

The Art and Science of Tribunal - a rheumatologist's emphasis

Neil McGill Rheumatologist Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Uni of Sydney

The tribunal of tomorrow

Malcolm Schyvens President Guardianship Tribunal

Speech Intelligibility in Courts & Tribunals

Mark Hanson

The Australian Consumer Law and its application by Tribunals

Christine Paull Senior Member

Complaints about the Conduct of Tribunal Members

Diane Robinson, President, Guardianship Tribunal