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When should I appeal a QCAT decision? – Proctor




“The statutory regime under which QCAT operates places obligations upon parties themselves to take care in their dealings with Tribunal matters, and to act in their own best interests. QCAT’s resources for the resolution of disputes are in high demand and serve, as the High Court has recently observed in relation to court resources, ‘… the public as a whole, not merely the parties to the proceedings’.”

Inaugural QCAT President Wilson J, Creek v Raine & Horne Real Estate Mossman [2011] QCATA 226, [13], citing with approval Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd v Australian National University (2009) 239 CLR 175, 217

What is QCAT’s appeal jurisdiction?

Unlike the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has its own internal Appeal Tribunal.

VCAT decisions can only be appealed to the Supreme Court of Victoria on a question of law. However, in QCAT a party to a proceeding may appeal to the Appeal…

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