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Review of administrative decisions

Review of administrative decisions

QCAT plays a key role in improving the openness, accountability, quality and consistency of original decision making in the public sector through reviewing administrative decisions made by government decision-makers.

Decision-makers include the Chief Executive (Director General), Commissioner, Superintendent, registrar, officer, regulator, authority or inspector of Queensland Government departments, local governments and regulatory authorities.

What administrative decisions can I apply to QCAT to review?

QCAT may review a wide range of administrative decisions - select from the rules and legislation list under which the decision was made.

An example of administrative decisions which QCAT may review include:

  • animal care and regulation
  • blue card applications
  • civil partnerships
  • racing
  • retirement villages
  • right to information requests.

How will the decision be reviewed?

QCAT can invite the decision maker to reconsider the decision. The original decision maker then has the option to vary, substitute or confirm the original decision. 

If the original decision maker confirms the original decision after reconsidering it or QCAT does not refer the matter back to the original decision maker, QCAT can make its own decision about the review. QCAT can vary, substitute or confirm the original decision. It can also set aside the decision and return the matter again to the decision maker with instructions to follow. 

After the review of the decision, QCAT can make recommendations to the decision maker about their policies, practices and procedures to improve future decisions. The QCAT President also advises the Attorney-General about how these recommendations could be incorporated into the QCAT Act and the enabling Acts to enhance effective decision making.

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
19 April 2017
Last updated
19 April 2017

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