Generally all QCAT hearings are open to the public and information about proceedings can be published. In some limited circumstances we can make an order, known as a non-publication order that prevents publication of:
- the contents of a document or other thing produced to the tribunal
- evidence given to the tribunal
- information that may enable a person who has appeared before the tribunal, or is affected by a proceeding, to be identified.
QCAT must be satisfied that the order is necessary to:
- avoid injustice to a person
- avoid endangering the physical, mental health or safety of a person
- avoid offending public decency or morality
- avoid the publication of confidential information or information that may not be in the interests of the public.
Non-publication orders are only approved in exceptional cases. To apply for a non-publication order, please complete and lodge Form 40 - Application for miscellaneous matters . QCAT may also make a non-publication order on our own initiative.