Definitions of terms used

Applicant—the person who is lodging the application the dispute is about.

Case number—a case number may also be called a file number, for example MCDT60001/15, MCDO001/15, BDL001/15, NDR001/15, or GAR001/15.

Location/registry—the courthouse or office where the applications are lodged and heard.

Lodged—also referred to as filed, is when a document is given to the tribunal and it is sealed and accepted.

Party—the person(s) or entity(s) that is named in the dispute.

Respondent—the other party the application is about.

Sealed copy—a copy of an application or other document filed with QCAT that has been stamped by QCAT staff with the official seal.

Serve/serving (documents)—delivery of legal documents officially notifying the intended receiver that a legal action or proceeding involving them has been started.

Trader—a person who in trade or commerce is in the business of supplying goods or services. For the purposes of a minor civil dispute, this does not include some professionals such as dentists, lawyers, valuers, etc.

Application fees

Disputed amountFee
$0 to not more than $500 $26.35
More than $500, but not more than $1,000 $67.70
More than $1,000, but not more than $10,000 $120.50
More than $10,000 $338.20

*Fees are not payable by state-related applicants—defined as (a) the Sovereign; or (b) the state or a person acting for the state; or (c) an entity whose expenditure is payable, in whole or in part, out of the consolidated fund or a person acting for the entity.


You may be able to claim some costs—e.g. application fees, fees you pay in serving the documents, business name or company search fees. If your application is successful you may be entitled to be paid these costs.

If you have any questions about what costs you can claim you should get independent legal advice.

Terms and conditions

Section 216 of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 makes it an offence for a person to knowingly give the registry documents containing false or misleading information.