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Occupational regulation

Occupational regulation matters

A range of occupations are governed by an authority, board, panel, committee or society.  These appointed bodies’ primary aim is to protect the public by:

  • determining working guidelines
  • assessing registration applications
  • investigating complaints
  • initiating proceedings against members for unsatisfactory professional conduct.

Sometimes a client is dissatisfied with the work, service or advice they receive from an individual, for example, an architect.  The client can contact the appointed body governing architects that is, the Board of Architects, which is responsible for investigating complaints and resolving minor disciplinary proceedings.
If the complaint is of a serious nature or the individual is not abiding by the appointed body’s decision, an application can be made by the appointed body to QCAT to conduct further disciplinary proceedings or enforce their decision. Only the appointed body can apply to QCAT for these matters.

If the individual who the complaint was made against does not agree with the disciplinary decision made by the appointed body, an application can be made to QCAT to review this decision.  Individuals can also apply to QCAT to review other decisions made by an appointed body including licensing and registration.

QCAT only hears matters against the following occupational groups:

If you are an individual, licensee or business owner and you have a dispute relating to a professional licence, visit administrative decisions.

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
19 December 2013
Last updated
2 December 2014

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