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Application process - building disputes

Before making a building dispute 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 in relation to a building disputes complete and lodge the appropriate application form.

Commercial building dispute

Use this form to make an application about a commercial building dispute.

Form 25 - Application commercial building dispute (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 this form to make an application about a domestic building dispute.

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

Response or counter application

Use this form 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 or Form 26

What’s next?

Once your application and forms have been received, QCAT will review the information you provided and contact you about the 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 provides information for expert including general guidelines, report requirements, expert conclaves and joint reports.

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
12 March 2014
Last updated
13 December 2015

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