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Minor civil disputes

Minor civil disputes

What is a minor civil dispute?

Minor civil disputes include the following disputes where the amount claimed is up to and including $25,000:

  • claims to recover debts or liquidated demands of money, with or without interest
  • claims arising out of a contract between a consumer and trader, or between two or more traders, for payment of money, for relief from payment of money, for performance of work to rectify a defect in goods supplied or services provided, or for return of goods
  • claims for damage to property (including damage to a house or a car) caused by, or arising out of the use of, a vehicle
  • claims for the repair of a defect in a motor vehicle which is under a statutory warranty, if the previous owner refuses to carry out the repair, or if it is repaired and the repair is unreliable
  • disputes between neighbours about a dividing fence

Minor civil disputes also include the following disputes:

  • residential tenancy disputes between tenants and landlords, or, in limited circumstances, between co-tenants about apportionment of rental bonds

Descriptions of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website are general information only. They do not definitively describe the types of applications on which QCAT can make decisions. The relevant legislation determines QCAT's jurisdiction. If you are unsure about your legal rights, you should seek legal advice. Your individual circumstances should guide any actions taken to resolve your dispute.

Descriptions of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website are general information only. They do not definitively describe the types of applications on which QCAT can make decisions. The relevant legislation determines QCAT's jurisdiction. If you are unsure about your legal rights, you should seek legal advice. Your individual circumstances should guide any actions taken to resolve your dispute.

We cannot provide legal advice

As part of an independent tribunal, QCAT registry staff cannot provide legal advice.

Registry staff can explain and answer questions about how QCAT works and its processes.

Registry staff cannot help with:

* whether or not you should submit an application
* whether your application is under the correct jurisdiction
* if you should lodge an appeal or a counter-application
* recommending a specific lawyer to assist you
* how to word your application, supporting documents or what to say at a proceeding
* contacting a QCAT member or adjudicator directly
* predicting likely outcomes of a case or appeal
* helping you to prepare your case
* advising what orders/decisions you should seek
* explaining what you should do to follow QCAT directions
* enforcing an order or decision of the tribunal
* advising exact timeframes for resolution of a matter – this depends on your individual matter.

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Last reviewed
25 September 2018
Last updated
25 September 2018

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