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How will I know if I need at attend a proceeding?
You will receive a notice in the mail advising you of the time and location of the proceeding.
Where will my proceeding be held?
Check the notice you have been sent about the proceeding you need to attend: if you are outside of Brisbane, you may need to attend at your local courthouse.
What if I am unable to attend the scheduled proceeding?
If you are unable to attend a directions hearing, mediation or compulsory conference you must let QCAT know as soon as possible before the scheduled date. Please contact the QCAT registry at the location where your proceeding is being held as outlined in your notice.
If you are unable to attend a hearing the tribunal may continue with the hearing and make decisions in your absence.
Can someone attend the proceeding on my behalf?
If there is a good reason why you cannot come to the proceeding, you can ask the tribunal for permission for someone to come on your behalf, by completing and lodging Application for leave to be represented. Alternatively you may ask for the hearing to be moved to another date.
Do I have to attend in person?
You can apply to attend the hearing via phone by lodging an Application for attendance at hearing, compulsory conference or mediation by remote conferencing .
Further information on attending by phone (known as remote conferencing) is provided in Practice Direction 7 - Proceeding by remote conferencing .
How do I address the QCAT member or adjudicator?
At the start of the proceeding, the QCAT member or adjudicator will introduce themselves to you and the other party. Generally, you can refer to the member or adjudicator using their title and surname e.g. Mr Smith or Mrs Jones.