1. Before you respond

To respond to a discrimination complaint with contentions please use the below form. Carefully read the form instructions, answer each question and tick an appropriate box when prompted. In discrimination matters, usually QCAT will direct you when you need to file this form.

When you complete the response contentions form, do the following:

  • state which facts you agree with, do not agree with or are disputed
  • set out any defence or exemption relied upon
  • read the form for further details on information you can include to support your response

A response must be given to all other parties in the matter.

2. Fees

There is no prescribed fee for lodging a response to a discrimination complaint.

3. Complete and lodge the below response form

Respondent's contentions on referral under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991

The purpose of this form is to respond to a discrimination referral (complaint) only.

PDF File (394.0 KB)

4. How to lodge your response

When filing a response, you are required to file the response and supporting material along with 3 copies plus one extra copy for every additional party named in the referral in one of the following ways:

In person

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Floor 11, 259 Queen Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

or at any local Magistrates Court

Mail to

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
GPO Box 1639
Brisbane Qld 4001

Your response is not filed until it is sealed by QCAT (i.e. stamped with the official QCAT stamp). After this has been done, sealed copies of your response form will then be sent back to you to give to the other party/s. You can also keep a copy for your personal records.

5. Giving your response to the other parties

You are required to give a copy of your response and supporting material to all parties named in the application within 28 days or as otherwise directed by QCAT.

Visit this page for further information on service requirements.

6. What happens next?

After you have submitted your response, if not already issued, QCAT will provide further instructions to the parties on the next steps in the process.

Learn more about the civil process and preparing your case here.