Building disputes

QCAT decides disputes related to building activities including domestic and commercial building work and disciplinary proceedings against building certifiers and contractors.

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.

QCAT decides disputes related to building activities including:

QCAT also reviews decisions made by:

In deciding domestic building disputes, QCAT has no monetary limit.

In deciding commercial building disputes, QCAT has a monetary limit of $50,000 or more if both parties agree.

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.