Queensland Law Society

Changes to QCAT fees

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has advised that amendments to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Regulation 2009 commenced on 12 December.

These changes aim to make fee payments clearer and include:

  • applying one default fee in the fee regulation instead of an extensive list of enabling Acts; the fee regulation will need to specify any enabling Act that is exempt from fees
  • instituting a fee for counter-applications as per current applicant fees
  • removing refunds when an application for leave to appeal is refused
  • copying fees for documents produced to QCAT with exemptions for the human rights division; parties can still inspect documents free of charge
  • if the financial hardship criteria is met, a reduced fee of $100 for appeals (full fee normally $631.40)
  • consistently applying a fee for an application to stay a decision during an internal review.

As these changes commenced on 12 December, they apply to any application received on or after that date.

See this week’s edition of Legislation Update for an explanation of the changes, the QCAT fees and allowances page for specific changes, or contact QCAT for more information.