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Application process - building disputes

Before you make an application

Parties are required to participate in a dispute resolution process with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) before making a commercial or domestic building dispute application to QCAT.

A letter from the QBCC advising of the outcome of this process must be provided when commencing a QCAT application. Applications cannot be accepted at QCAT without this letter from the QBCC.

To make an application about a building dispute, please complete and lodge the appropriate form.

Commercial building dispute

Use Form 25 to make an application about a commercial building dispute:

Form 25 - Application for commercial building disputes (PDF, 432.6 KB)

Use this form to provide consent to the tribunal to deal with a commercial building dispute:

Consent notice major commercial building dispute (PDF, 180.1 KB)

Domestic building dispute

Use Form 26 to make an application about a domestic building dispute:

Form 26 - Application domestic building dispute (PDF, 418.8 KB)

Response or counter application

Use Form 36 to lodge a response or counter-application about an application made to QCAT:

Form 36 - Response and/or counter-application (PDF, 298.0 KB)

Request for a default decision

If the respondent does not file a response to your application within 14 days of service of the application, you can apply for a decision by default.

Defective or incomplete work

Use this form to outline details of defective or incomplete work in relation to a domestic and commercial building dispute.

Alleged defective work/incomplete work schedule (PDF, 226.3 KB) - must be lodged with Form 25 (PDF, 432.6 KB) or Form 26 (PDF, 418.8 KB).

What’s next?

Once your application and forms are received, QCAT will review the information you provided and contact you about next steps.

Guidelines for experts in building matters

In some building matters an expert witness will be required to give evidence.

Guidelines for experts in building matters (PDF, 118.2 KB) provides information on report requirements and preparation for, and conduct of, expert conclaves.

Descriptions of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website are general information only. They do not definitively describe the types of applications on which QCAT can make decisions. The relevant legislation determines QCAT's jurisdiction. If you are unsure about your legal rights, you should seek legal advice. Your individual circumstances should guide any actions taken to resolve your dispute.

Before you make an application

Last reviewed
31 January 2018
Last updated
31 January 2018

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