Building disputes

Before you make an application

Parties are required to participate in a dispute resolution process with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) before making a commercial or domestic building dispute application to QCAT.

A letter from the QBCC advising of the outcome of this process must be provided when commencing a QCAT application. Failure to participate in a QBCC dispute resolution process before filing an application for a building dispute may result in the dismissal of the application.

Building disputes

QCAT decides disputes related to building activities including:

QCAT also reviews decisions made by:

QCAT cannot review a decision an adjudicator made under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017.

If you wish to make a complaint against a builder, please contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

The Department of Housing and Public Works' Development Tribunals review local councils' and private building certifiers' decisions. QCAT cannot review these decisions.