Registrar & Executive Officer National Conference 2017

Date(s) - Thursday, 19 October 2017 - Friday, 20 October 2017
12:00 am

Mayfair Hotel


Welcome to the Second National COAT Tribunal Registrar & Executive Officer Conference ‘’Tribunal Accessibility – Meeting Community Expectations’. Join us to network, discuss and share approaches on meeting the needs of our users and engaging our community.

The Registrar & Executive Officer’s conference is one of COATs major networking and development events. The theme of the conference is Tribunal accessibility and meeting community expectations. The conference will be held in Adelaide at the Mayfair Hotel, the newest five-star boutique hotel in Adelaide that offers luxury accommodation and contemporary dining in the heart of the city

The conference comprises a Master Class in the evening of Thursday 19 October 2017 with the conference proper to be held on Friday 20 October 2017.

The Thursday evening Master Class with Professor Tania Sourdin will provide a forward looking session on the future of the law and new technologies, including the use of Artificial Intelligence and some of her recent research on judges, judging and robotics.

The Honourable Justice Greg Garde, President of the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), is the keynote speaker for the Conference. Justice Garde will energise, motivate and inspire the audience with the challenge of reframing VCAT’s vision of service through a spectrum of citizen centric service delivery. Justice Garde’s presentation will be followed by a presentation from Mike Vallance of the Supreme Court of Victoria regarding the Frameworks for Court and Tribunal Excellence and a panel discussion on specific client focused initiatives of the VCAT, Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

There will be inspiring, innovative and informative sessions regarding engagement with rural Indigenous service providers to promote appeal rights; the indigenous experience at VCAT, the LGBTI Community and Tribunals, the Safewards Victoria program to improve the quality of interactions between staff and consumers in mental health settings; and several presentations on technology in tribunals with a focus on current and future initiatives which have the potential to change the landscape of Tribunal services and processes.

Please click here for the Conference Program

Please click here for the conference photo gallery.

Please click here for the conference presentations and papers

Cost: Master Class $150; Conference $350

Accommodation: Discounted rate at the Mayfair Hotel 08-8210 8888 is 10% off best available; and her sister boutique hotel Adabco 08-8100 7500 is $135 for a Premium Room and $155 for a Premium King Room. Please note ‘COAT’ when booking. There are a plethora of hotels in the CBD which you can access through sites such as

Organising Committee:
The committee is co-chaired by Clare Byrt, Principal Registrar of SACAT and Leah McLay, Principal Registrar of SAET.
Other organising committee members are:
Anna Guthleben (SAET); Chris Byron-Scott (SACAT); Ian Phillips (AAT)(SA)); Alicia Colley (Medical Panels Victoria); Jarrod Bryan (Tasmanian Department of Justice); Katrina Harry (VRB); Jane Probert (NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA)); Zashalla Nicholson (Mental Health Tribunal (MHT) Victoria); Keryn Negri (VCAT); Mary Shortland (QCAT); and Mark Street (State Administrative Tribunal WA).

For any enquiries, please contact  Kathryn McKenzie, COAT Secretariat and Conference Secretariat

Council of Australasian Tribunals (COAT)
ABN 54 873 590 835
Ph: 0418 281 116 or 0413 501 992
PO Box 268, Darlinghurst NSW 1300

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