QCAT Returns to In-Person Hearings
QCAT has commenced a staged resumption of in-person hearings at 259 Queen Street, Brisbane.
Guardianship matters will be the first to allow in-person hearings under the new arrangements, with all other matters, such as administrative reviews and minor civil disputes (excluding those heard by Magistrates around Queensland) to follow on 14 September 2020.
All Directions Hearings, Compulsory Conferences and Mediations will continue by phone until further notice.
Everyone who attends hearings at QCAT will be required to provide their details for potential contact tracing and sign a COVID-19 declaration.
People attending the QCAT premises must comply with social distancing rules and leave as soon as their hearing is over.
People should NOT attend QCAT if they are unwell or:
- you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
- you have been required to submit to a COVID-19 test
- you have been in close contact with another person who already has COVID‑19
- you are suffering from any of the symptoms of COVID-19
- you have returned from overseas, or Queensland Government declared hotspots, within the last 14 days
Anyone who would prefer to attend their hearing by phone or video link may seek to do so:
- in Guardianship matters, by nominating phone or video attendance as their preference, and
- in all other matters by making an application for leave to appear remotely.
The filing of documents can be done by post or in person, with some instances allowed by email where provided for under Practice Direction No. 1 of 2016.
The full practice directions can be found at www.qcat.qld.gov.au/resources/practice-directions#2020.
If you have further questions, please contact QCAT using their online form.