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Victoria University home to new national Courts and Tribunals Academy

A national Courts and Tribunals Academy will be launched by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria Marilyn Warren in Melbourne on 15 October.

The Victoria University Sir Zelman Cowen Centre Courts and Tribunals Academy, the only one of its kind in the country, will work with courts and tribunals across Australia to improve the way they are administered and managed.

Sir Zelman Cowen Centre Courts and Tribunals Academy Director Professor Kathy Laster said that through research, education and training the Academy would augment and support the excellent work being done by courts and tribunals in the areas of management and administration.

“Our aim is to also assist in the development and implementation of world’s best management practices within Australian courts and tribunals across all areas of non-judicial work including governance, strategy, people management, IT, finance and risk management,” Prof Laster said.

Prof Laster said the launch of the Academy came at a crucial time for courts and tribunals in Australia.

“The launch of the Academy comes as courts and tribunals face increasing workloads and mounting pressure to increase output and efficiency but without extra funding from government to achieve these objectives. Improved management practices will help deal with these challenges.”

Prof Laster said the Academy would focus on research, education and training for court personnel other than judges as members of the judiciary already received excellent support and service in these areas from the Judicial College of Victoria and the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration.

Prior to the launch of the Academy, the Governor-General will deliver a lecture on the topic Celebrating Diversity, Building Cohesion and Promoting Inclusion. The lecture is the last in the 2015 Sir Zelman Cowen Centre Governors-General Lecture Series which honours past and current Governors-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Host for the lecture series Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre Nicola Roxon said Governor-General Peter Cosgrove has displayed exceptional and inspirational leadership at every stage of his career.

“The Governor-General continues to display this leadership by encouraging us all to celebrate diversity, build cohesion and promote inclusion, an approach we strongly support,” Ms Roxon said.

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre is the postgraduate arm of the Victoria University College of Law and Justice.

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Media contact: Mick Paskos: 0412 201 044, mpaskos@onmessage.com.au

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