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 (excluding interest):

  • 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.