Application process

You can apply to NCAT to make certain decisions, review decisions or​ resolve a dispute.

Can NCAT deal with my case?

NCAT deals with a wide range of everyday issues and disputes.  These include resolving disputes about tenancy and building works, decisions about guardianship, and administrative review of government decisions

The application process can vary for different types of cases. Time limits may ​​​also apply. Select the case type that best describes your dispute or issue.

Complete an application form

To start proceedings at NCAT you will need to complete an application form and lodge with the appropriate fee.

All NCAT application forms are available for download in PDF-fillable format.  You can apply online for some application types.

You will need to provide the following information on your application:

  • Your name and contact details
  • The other party's name and contact details
  • Orders you want NCAT to make
  • Reasons why you want those orders made.

If your case is about an urgent issue, find out how to apply for an urgent hearing.

Fees and charges

An application fee may be payable depending on your case type. A reduced concession fee is available for eligible persons.  View our fees and charges.

Time limits

Time limits may also apply. Check if time limits apply by reading the information for your type of case.

Applying against a business or company

If you are applying against a business or company, you must provide the name of the individual or company that owns the business, the registered name and address, and their ABN or ACN.  You will also need to provide NCAT with a business name or company extract.

Federal jurisdiction

If the other party in your case a permanent resident in another State, your application may be affected by federal jurisdiction.

Last updated:

08 Sep 2022

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