1. Before you apply to QCAT
Use the below form to ask QCAT for permission to attend a civil proceeding by teleconference or videoconference.
When a matter is listed for a proceeding with QCAT, except for a directions hearing, parties are expected to attend QCAT in person to present their case.
If you can't attend in person, before the proceeding date you may apply for permission to attend by telephone or video. For example, you may be in a regional area and cannot attend the closest courthouse or the Brisbane hearing rooms and wish to attend by remote conferencing. You can use this form to request to appear via telephone or video.
Please note that if your proceeding is a directions hearing, you do not need to use this process to apply to attend by telephone or video. You automatically can attend by telephone or video simply by completing the attendance advice form QCAT sends to you before the directions hearing.
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 the request should be made.
2. What else do I need to do make this application?
You must apply as soon as possible after being notified that you are required to attend QCAT for a proceeding other than a directions hearing.
You also need to lodge your request at least 10 business days before the proceeding, even if you have agreement from the other party.
If your application is received less than 10 days before the listed date, QCAT may not be able to consider your request before the proceeding.
3. Complete and lodge this form
To make an application to attend a proceeding by telephone or video you can click the link below and complete the online form or lodge the appropriate application form below. Carefully read the form instructions, answer each question and tick an appropriate box when prompted.
There is no prescribed fee to make this application.
4. How to lodge your application
When filing your application via our online service you do not need to file any extra copies.
When filing the application in hard copy, by post or email, you are required to file the application and supporting material along with three copy in one of the following ways:
MINOR CIVIL DISPUTES
For minor civil disputes including a residential tenancy, minor debt, consumer/trader or dividing fence dispute click here for lodgement details.
CHILD PROTECTION REVIEWS
For child protection reviews click here for lodgement details.
ALL OTHER CIVIL CASES
For all other civil cases click here for lodgement details.
5. Giving your application to the other parties
If you file an application to attend a proceeding by telephone or video via QCAT’s online service, copies of your application will then be sent back to you to serve. You must give a copy of the application to each party and notify QCAT that you have done so. If you file your application via hard copy you also need to give the other parties a copy.
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
6. 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.