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2018 COAT National Conference
7 - 8 June, 2018I QT Canberra, ACT

Conference Program

The theme for the 2017 Conference is:  ‘Tribunals: Enablers of Justice’.

To download the 2017 COAT National and COAT NSW Joitn Conference Program click here.

The Conference also offered eminent presenters from across Australia and New Zealand covering the following topics:

  • Working effectively across cultures
  • Tips for managing querralent complainants in the Tribunal and in the registry
  • Communicating with people with a cognitive disability
  • Understanding the boundaries of a Tribunal’s obligations of fairness and informality
  • The impact of intergenerational trauma on Aboriginal people as Tribunal participants
  • Recent developments in Tribunal law
  • Writing clear reasons for decision

We also developed a package of exciting small group workshops on the following topics:

  • Making a success of working across cultures - Anukool Sathu
  • Writing clear reasons for decision – Justice Debra Mullins
  • Key techniques for performing well at work – Thea O’Connor
  • Communication strategies when working with people with cognitive impairments – Melinda Smith

Continuing Professional Development Units for Tribunal Members

The Law Society of NSW does not accredit courses. The CPD scheme is based on self-assessment of the educational activity by the practitioner.  The topics included in the 2017 Conference Program are designed to cover the compulsory CPD units for Tribunal members is in the areas of ethics and professional responsibility, practice management and professional skills.  If you consider that the Conference content is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.    

A Certificate of Attendance will be available in electronic format (pdf) at the conclusion of the Conference. When registering to attend, please select the option to receive a Certificate of Attendance. Alternatively, please visit the Conference Registration Desk on site, to request your Certificate of Attendance.


  • All Conference activities and schedules are subject to change without notice.  For any questions about the Conference schedule please contact GEMS Event Management Australia on +61 2 9744 5252.
  • Session attendance is on a first come, first served basis.

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For all Conference enquiries, please contact GEMS Event Management Australia on +61 2 9744 5252.