COAT | Council of Australasian Tribunals

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

Ms Mc Kenzie can be contacted on telephone 0418 281 116 or by email at


Latest News & Events

How can I participate in COAT?

There are a number of opportunities to participate in the COAT..

10th Annual Whitmore Lecture 2016

'Judicial Review & the Shifting Sands of Legal' Unreasonableness' delivered by The Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW.

COAT VIC 2016 Twilight Seminar 7 December

COAT Victoria is delighted that Melinda Richards SC, Member of the *Access to Justice Review* (commissioned by the Victorian Attorney-General) has agreed to speak on "Access to Justice Review - providing better support to self-represented litigants appearing before tribunals, panels and boards", with commentaries to be provided by Tim Lee, Commissioner, Fair Work Commission, and Tamara Hamilton-Noy, Member AAT, Social Services and Child Support Division