1. Before you apply to QCAT
Use section 4 under PART C of the form below to request QCAT to make a non-publication order.
Generally, all QCAT hearings and records of proceedings in civil matters are open to the public. Information about your matter and proceedings can also be published.
In some limited circumstances QCAT can make an order known as a ‘non-publication order’. This type of order can prevent inspection and publication of the contents of a document or thing produced, evidence, or information that may enable a person affected by the proceedings before QCAT to be identified. You can also learn more about what parts of your file can be accessed by the public here.
Please be aware that non-publication orders are only approved in exceptional cases.
If you are in a domestic and family violence situation and you are concerned that your identity or address may be disclosed, please contact QCAT as soon as possible to discuss your concerns.
Before applying you must ensure the request you are making is clear and concise. You must provide sufficient reasons and supporting material (if required) as to why a non-publication order should be made.
2. Complete and lodge this form
To make an application for a non-publication order complete and lodge the appropriate application form below. Carefully read the form instructions, answer each question and tick an appropriate box when prompted.
You should complete section 4 under PART C of the application form.
There is no prescribed fee to make this application.
Form 40 - Application for miscellaneous matters
3. How to lodge your application
When filing the application, you are required to file the application and supporting material along with three copies in one of the following ways:
MINOR CIVIL DISPUTES
CHILD PROTECTION REVIEWS
ALL OTHER CIVIL CASES
4. Giving your application to the other parties
At the time of filing your application at QCAT, you should also immediately give a copy of the application to the other parties.
You must provide evidence to QCAT that you have given the other parties your application. For example, if you email the application to QCAT ensure you copy the other parties into the email so QCAT can identify you have served all parties.
If your matter relates to certain matter types you do not need to give a copy of the application to the other parties in those cases. QCAT will provide the other parties with a copy. The matters include those made under the following laws:
- Adoption of Children Act 1964
- Child Protection Act 1999
- Disability Services Act 2006, section 178(9)
- Education and Care Services Act 2013
- Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland)
- Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000
5. What happens next?
After you have submitted your application request, QCAT will seek the views of the other parties if required.
QCAT will then consider the application and decide whether to grant your request.
Once a decision has been made by QCAT, the registry will email or post you a copy of the directions or decision with the outcome.