You can apply to QCAT to change to the date of a directions hearing, mediation, compulsory conference or a hearing. This is called an adjournment request. When a date and time has been set for these matters, it will go ahead on that date and at that time, unless QCAT has granted an adjournment. If you cannot attend QCAT on the date set, you can apply for an adjournment by completing a Form 40 - Application for miscellaneous matters (section 8 - Application for an adjournment).
Seek the other party’s view
Before requesting an adjournment, you should contact all other parties and let them know you want to change the date. If possible, gain their consent and ask them to provide their response in writing. Equally, if a party does not consent to an adjournment, written reasons should be provided by the person objecting.
Make your request as early as possible
If you need to adjourn a matter, you must make your request for a change of date as early as possible. Please don’t leave the adjournment request till the last minute. This allows time for QCAT to reschedule your matter to a new date, if the adjournment is granted.
Clearly state the reasons for your request
You must include the reasons for your request plus any supporting documents, for example a medical certificate, a funeral notice, and/or the consent of the other party.
An adjournment may not be possible
QCAT may not agree to change the date, even if all the parties consent. While QCAT tries to meet such requests, it may not always be possible to change the date. Applications for adjournments are not encouraged and there should be no expectation an adjournment will be granted even if all parties consent.
Consider alternatives to an adjournment
Before requesting an adjournment, consider other options such as asking QCAT for a telephone hearing. To apply to attend a mediation or hearing by telephone, you can submit an Application for Attendance at Hearing, Compulsory Conference or Mediation by Remote Conferencing form which can be found under “Our services online” at www.qcat.qld.gov.au.
Alternatively, you can ask QCAT to give you leave to either be represented by a solicitor or someone else who acts on your behalf. To apply for representation, you can submit an Application for leave to be represented which can be found under “Our services online” at www.qcat.qld.gov.au.
What happens after you have submitted your adjournment request?
After you have submitted your adjournment request, QCAT will consider your application and decide whether to grant your request and change the hearing date. Once a decision has been made by QCAT, a staff member from the registry will contact you with the decision, if the request was made in time prior to the hearing.
If your application for an adjournment is refused, you must attend the hearing on the date that was originally set.
Do not assume the date has changed
You are required to appear at QCAT for the hearing unless ordered otherwise. Unless you have been notified by a QCAT staff member that the hearing date has changed, your hearing will go ahead as originally planned. Never assume that the date has changed because you made a request. If you fail to appear at the hearing, QCAT may make a decision in your absence.