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

2019 COAT National Conference – Save the Date: 6, 7 June 2019

The theme for the conference is “Communicating Justice: Tribunals in the Community”.

COAT’s on-line induction program, 29 April to 21 June 2019 (8 weeks)

 COAT’s third on-line training program designed for recently appointed Tribunal members commencing late April 2019.

Decision Writing Workshop

COAT’s two-day Decision Writing Workshop is designed to improve decision writing skills through analysis, discussion and rewriting aspects of reasons for decision