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Dividing fence application

From 1 November 2011 the Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 formerly known as Neighbourhood Disputes Resolutions Act 2011, provides new options for resolving dividing fence disputes. More information...

If you have an existing dividing fence dispute before QCAT, or your application will relate to a notice to fence given before 1 November 2011, your dispute will continue to de dealt with according to existing legislation. For more information contact

Types of dividing fence matters

There are two types of matters relating to dividing fences:

  • minor civil dispute - dividing fences
  • minor civil dispute - debt dispute. If your matter relates to recovering a debt for fencing work based on an agreed amount (up to $25,000), your dispute is a minor debt. Visit debt disputes for more information on the minor debt application process.

Lodging your application

1. Complete Form 53 - Application for minor civil dispute - dividing fences (PDF, 432.0 KB). Note:  Please read the application checklist at the back of the form prior to making an application.

Note:   If your matter relates to recovering a minor debt resulting from an agreed amount (up to $25,000) for fencing work, go to debt disputes to proceed with your application. 

2. Lodge your application and supporting documents including paying any applicable application fee.

What happens next?

Once your application and forms have been received and reviewed, QCAT will return to you copies of your application and forms which have been stamped with the QCAT seal (official stamp). The progress of your matter will depend on your individual circumstances. For more information on your requirements regarding serving of copies of the sealed applications, refer to the instructions on the application form.

Resolving the dispute with QCAT

You may receive a notice to attend mediation, a directions hearing, a compulsory conference or a hearing. For more information on mediation read the QCAT fact sheet Mediation in minor civil disputes - fencing matters (PDF, 347.9 KB).

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
19 April 2013
Last updated
14 December 2015

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