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New 'Lemon Laws'

‘Lemon Laws’ legislation for QCAT

The Queensland Government has introduced laws to help people who have been sold faulty vehicles — including cars, motorhomes and caravans.

QCAT is receiving a large number of enquiries about the legislation.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 will enable QCAT to hear matters for new and old vehicles colloquially known as ‘lemons’ – vehicles with numerous defects that reoccur despite multiple repair attempts or where defects have caused a motor vehicle to be out of service for a prolonged period of time.

The legislation will see QCAT’s jurisdictional limit be raised to $100,000 to increase the protections of people sold new and old vehicles.

The proposed changes are not yet in effect. Until this occurs, QCAT’s current jurisdictional limit of $25,000 remains in place. This means QCAT can only accept your application if your claim is worth up to $25,000.

You may wish to seek legal advice about your rights.

You can find information about Australian Consumer Law at

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.

Last reviewed
29 November 2018
Last updated
7 May 2019

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