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Legal advice and representation

All parties involved in a matter before QCAT must represent themselves. Whether you are represented or not you can still seek legal advice about your rights.

In some cases, a party is automatically able to be represented. QCAT will always agree to representation:

  • for a child or person who has impaired decision making represented in proceedings, or
  • if the matter relates to disciplinary proceedings including a review of a disciplinary decision, or
  • if the enabling Act related to the matter allows it.

All other parties must apply to QCAT if they want to be represented. QCAT may agree to a party being represented if:

  • the party is a State agency
  • the proceeding is likely to involve complex questions of fact or law
  • another party is being represented
  • all of the parties have agreed to the party being legally represented.

You can either be represented by a lawyer or someone else who acts on your behalf, for example an advocate for a person with impaired capacity.

To apply to be legally represented, complete and lodge Application for leave to be represented.


Legal advice

You can seek legal advice about your rights from a lawyer at Legal Aid Queensland or a private lawyer. The Queensland Law Society may be able to refer you to a private lawyer.

Community legal centres

A complete list of community legal centres in Queensland is available from the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services.

You may also be able to obtain legal advice from the following community legal centres.

Caxton Legal Centre (Brisbane)
The Caxton Legal Centre (Brisbane) is an independent, non-profit community organisation providing free legal and social work advice, assistance and referrals to the general public. Please note that the Caxton Legal Centre does not provide advice about building or other business and commercial disputes.

The Park and Village Information Link (PAVIL) is a specialist service providing free information and legal assistance for residents and prospective residents of retirement villages and manufactured home parks in Queensland. You can contact PAVIL for information about the rights and responsibilities of residents and operators and assistance towards resolving disputes. Contact PAVIL online or via 07 3214 6333.

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated is an independent, community-based systems and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability in Queensland

Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services
The Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services is the peak body representing funded and unfunded community legal centres operating throughout Queensland. A complete list of community legal centres is available on their website.

Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House
The Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Incorporated (QPILCH) is an independent, non-profit community based legal organisation that coordinates the provision of pro bono legal services for individuals and community groups. QPILCH operates a Self Representation Service at QCAT to provide free legal advice and assistance to people involved in particular QCAT matters including guardianship and administration, children and young people and anti-discrimination matters.

Seniors Legal and Support Service
The Seniors Legal and Support Service is a free legal and support service for seniors in Queensland concerned about elder abuse and financial exploitation.

Tenants Queensland
Tenants Queensland is a specialist statewide community legal service for tenancy law matters and provides a free tenancy law advice service for residential tenants.

Women's Legal Service  
Women's Legal Service is a community legal centre that provides free legal advice and information to women in Queensland.

Youth Advocacy Centre
The Youth Advocacy Centre offers free confidential legal and welfare assistance to young people under 17 who live in or around Brisbane. Telephone support is also provided to young people outside of Brisbane and throughout Queensland.

 

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Community organisations

You may also be able to obtain assistance from the following community organisations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd provides legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Queensland.

Carers Queensland
Carers Queensland is the peak body that represents the interests of carers in Queensland. Carers Queensland’s Family Support & Advocacy Program can provide carers (throughout Queensland) with free support, information, advice and representation in regards to adult guardianship and administration matters.

Elder Abuse Prevention Unit
The Elder Abuse Prevention Unit is funded by the Department of Communities to promote the right of older people to live free from abuse and provides a telephone information, referral and support service.

Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy
The Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy is a non-profit, community based advocacy service providing information, education, support and representation to enable people to understand and exercise their rights and their responsibilities. 

Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services
The Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services is the peak body representing funded and unfunded community legal centres operating throughout Queensland. A complete list of community legal centres is available on their website.

 

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Important information

QCAT registry staff are unable to provide legal advice.

Last reviewed
21 November 2013
Last updated
22 August 2014

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