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Children and young people

Children and young people matters

QCAT can take a new look at (review) some decisions made by the Department of Communities including Child Safety services (the department).

Decisions we can review about children and young people include:

  • who they should live with
  • not telling their parents where they are living
  • the amount and type of contact between them and their parents
  • other care arrangements.

Other types of decisions are about:

If you feel that a decision made by the department about you, a child who is a family member, or a child in your care is wrong, then you can apply to QCAT for a review of this decision.

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.

We cannot provide legal advice

As part of an independent tribunal, QCAT registry staff cannot provide legal advice.

Registry staff can explain and answer questions about how QCAT works and its processes.

Registry staff cannot help with:

* whether or not you should submit an application
* whether your application is under the correct jurisdiction
* if you should lodge an appeal or a counter-application
* recommending a specific lawyer to assist you
* how to word your application, supporting documents or what to say at a proceeding
* contacting a QCAT member or adjudicator directly
* predicting likely outcomes of a case or appeal
* helping you to prepare your case
* advising what orders/decisions you should seek
* enforcing an order or decision of the tribunal
* advising exact timeframes for resolution of a matter – this depends on your individual matter.

Last reviewed
26 May 2017
Last updated
26 May 2017

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