Who is a party?
A party is an individual, corporation or other entity that:
- has started a QCAT proceeding
- has had a QCAT proceeding started against them
- has later joined to a QCAT proceeding
What are guillotine orders?Self-executing orders that allow proceedings to be dismissed unless a certain party does a certain act within a certain timeframe.
Who is the applicant?
QCAT describes the person who makes the initial application or disciplinary referral as the applicant.
Who is the respondent?
QCAT describes the person who the applicant seeks an order against as the respondent.
What is an "on papers hearing"?
An “on papers hearing” is a hearing heard in the absence of parties. The parties do not make oral submissions and a decision in the case is made based on the written material alone. The parties do not attend this hearing.
What is "non-compliance"?
Non-compliance is when a party to a case does not complete the instructions issued by the QCAT decision-maker. For example the QCAT decision-maker may have instructed both parties to file their evidence within four weeks. If one party does not file the evidence within that time limit, missing the due date, they are considered to be 'non-compliant'.
What is "serve"?
Serve means the act of giving documents to a person or business (such as a copy of an application you have made about them). When serving (giving) any document to QCAT you should always serve (give) a copy to the other parties to the case.
What does "represent themselves" mean?
It means you are required to represent yourself in the proceedings. It is where parties conduct their own case, without a third party appearing on their behalf in the tribunal. It is also referred to as litigant in person.
Matters where QCAT will provide a copy of the application to other parties?
- Adoption of Children Act 1964 – review of certain government adoption decisions
- Child Protection Act 1999 – review of certain government child protection decisions
- Disability Services Act 2006, section 178(9) – review of certain government decisions in relation to yellow cards
- Education and Care Services Act 2013 – review of certain government decisions relating to childcare licencing for small providers
- Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) – review of certain government decisions relating to childcare provider licencing
- Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 – review of certain government decisions in relation to a blue card
If your case relates to a minor civil dispute including a residential tenancy, minor debt, consumer/trader or dividing fence dispute use one of the following options:
|Email to the QCAT Brisbane registry |
(if the matter is listed in Brisbane)*
|Email to your local Magistrates Court |
(if the matter is listed outside of Brisbane)*
|In person or via mail to your |
local Magistrates Court*
|In person at the Brisbane registry|
|Mail to the Brisbane registry|
*If your matter relates to a tenancy dispute your application should be submitted to the courthouse nearest the rental property
If your case relates to a child protection review use one of the following options:
If your case relates to a civil case other than a minor civil dispute use one of the following options: