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Matter types

Administration for adults

Declaring an adult’s decision making capacity and appointing a responsible adult to make some or all financial and legal decisions for the adult, ensuring their rights are protected.


Complaints of alleged sexual harassment and discrimination and associated objectionable behaviour including racial and religious vilification and victimisation. Also granting exemptions, reviewing decisions made by the Commissioner and providing opinions related to anti-discrimination matters.

Building disputes

Domestic and commercial building disputes, disciplinary proceedings and reviews of decisions by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (formerly the Building Services Authority) and registered adjudicator decisions.

Children and young people

Child protection matters, adoption applications, blue card applications, prohibiting a person from entering an educational facility.

Consumer and trader disputes

Disputes valued up to and including $25,000 arising out of a contract for the supply of goods and services including the repair of a defect in a motor vehicle.

Debt disputes

Disputes against another person, business or company about a fixed or agreed sum of money valued up to and including $25,000 e.g. a debt resulting from overhanging branches, an IOU or money lent and not repaid. Debt disputes were previously dealt with by the Magistrates Court.

Guardianship for adults

Declaring an adult’s decision making capacity and appointing a responsible adult to make some or all personal and health care decisions for the adult, ensuring their rights are protected.

Minor civil disputes

Disputes valued up to and including $25,000 including debt disputes, consumer disputes, residential tenancy disputes, property damage disputes and dividing fence disputes.

Other civil disputes

Tree disputes, body corporate and community management scheme disputes, financial losses caused by motor and property agents, integrated resort development matters, legal cost agreement claims, manufactured home park disputes, retirement village disputes and Sanctuary Cove Resort disputes.

Occupational regulation

Disciplinary proceedings and licencing decisions for architects, building personnel, health practitioners, introduction agents, legal practitioners, motor dealers, nursing practitioners, plumbers and drainers, prescribed persons who are public servants or police officers, professional engineers, property agents, racing personnel, second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers, security providers, surveyors, tattooists and tattoo business operators, teachers, tour operators, travel agents, valuers and veterinary surgeons.

Residential tenancy disputes

A wide range of disputes between tenants, landlords (lessors) or agents and residents, providers of, or agents for rooming accommodation.

Review of administrative decisions

Decisions made by government agencies and other bodies including statutory authorities.

Jurisdictions not included in QCAT

A number of significant bodies that make civil or administrative decisions were not amalgamated into QCAT and not are not within QCAT jurisdiction:

  • the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Mental Health Court
  • bodies making decisions about development or planning and environment issues including the Planning and Environment Court, the Land Court and the Building and Development Tribunals
  • industrial dispute bodies including the Industrial Court, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and the review functions of the Public Service Commission.
Any description of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website is general information only and is not intended to precisely define the types of applications that QCAT has the power to decide. QCAT's jurisdiction is determined by the relevant legislation. If you are unsure about your legal rights you should seek legal advice. Any actions taken to resolve your dispute should be determined by your individual circumstances.

Last reviewed
9 November 2011
Last updated
19 December 2013

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