45 King William Street
Adelaide , South Australia , 5000
20 Oct 2017, all
SAVE THE DATE!
Second National COAT Tribunal Registrar & Executive Officer Conference
“Tribunal Accessibility – Meeting Community Expectations”
A conference organising committee comprised of representatives from Tribunals across Australia has been established to plan and deliver the 2nd National COAT Tribunal Registrar’s and Administrators conference to be held in Adelaide on Friday, 20 October 2017 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. There will also be a Master Class the evening before on Thursday 19 October 2017.
Whilst the Conference Programme is not finalised, there are a range of speakers and sessions already confirmed. We have kept conference costs to a minimum to encourage as many tribunal and court registrars and administrators as possible to come to Adelaide to network, discuss and share approaches on meeting the needs of our users and engaging our community, with $350 for the conference and $150 for the Master Class.
Justice Greg Garde, President of VCAT, is the key note speaker who 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 panel discussion on specific client focused initiatives of the various Tribunals and the Framework for Court and Tribunal Excellence from Mike Valance of the Supreme Court Victoria, VCAT, QCAT and the AAT.
There will be sessions on:
- Diversity and Indigenous Clients including a discussion of the AAT’s SA Social Security program of engaging with rural Indigenous service providers to promote appeal rights.
- SafeWards Victoria – showcasing a programme to improve the quality of interactions between staff and consumers in mental health settings
- Technology in Tribunals
- An interactive presentation of on-line dispute resolution approaches from QCAT and the WA State Administrative Tribunal.
The Thursday evening Master Class presenter is Professor Tania Sourdin who will be providing 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 future of justice – how technology will reshape law and justice"
Changing and emerging technologies are reshaping the justice system. First, and at the most basic level, technology can assist to inform, support and advise people involved in the justice system (‘supportive technology’). Second, technology can replace functions and activities that were previously carried out by humans (‘replacement technologies’). Finally, at a third level, technology can change that way that judges work and provide for very different forms of justice (‘disruptive technology’) that can include replacing some human decision-making. This master class explores how tribunals are using newer technologies and justice gateways and how disruptive technologies will impact on tribunals into the future.
Professor Tania Sourdin is the Dean of the University of Newcastle Law School. She was previously the Foundation Chair and Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) at Monash University in Australia.
Professor Sourdin has led national research projects and produced important recommendations for justice reform. In the past two decades, she has conducted qualitative and quantitative research projects into aspects of the justice system systems in 11 Courts and Tribunals and five external dispute resolution schemes. Other research has focussed on justice innovation, technology, delay and systemic reforms.
Professor Sourdin is the author of books, articles and papers, and has published and presented widely on a range of topics including justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney and has worked as a senior Tribunal member in respect of appellate matters and as a mediator for more than 25 years. She has worked extensively overseas as an expert consultant in relation to disputes and dispute system design. In 2014 she was appointed as the National Broadband Network (NBN) Industry Dispute Adviser in Australia and also co chaired the 2014 National Mediation Conference. In 2015 she won the Deans award for Research Impact in relation to her work on behavioural change in the justice sector.
Accommodation: Discounted rate at the Mayfair Hotel www.mayfairhotel.com.au 08-8210 8888 is 10% off best available; and her sister boutique hotel Adabco www.adabcohotel.com.au 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 www.booking.com.au
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); Kerryn Negri (VCAT); Mary Shortland (QCAT); and Mark Street (State Administrative Tribunal WA).