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Good news from NCAT, but will it last?

5 July 2018

In late June 2018, NCAT announced its Members will resume hearing all matters where one or more parties resides interstate.

Issues arose for NCAT’s Consumer and Commercial Division in February 2017 when the NSW Court of Appeal declared NCAT had no jurisdiction if one or more parties lived in another state. 

At the time, REINSW President, Leanne Pilkington, stated the decision would prevent parties having their dispute resolved by NCAT and exposed tenants and landlords to additional issues and costs.

REINSW has strongly lobbied the government to find a resolution for over a year.

“We are pleased the problem is being resolved,” says Tim McKibbin, REINSW CEO. “But it’s disappointing that the Government and the Attorney General didn’t prioritise a resolution sooner. 

“Since an appeal against NCAT hearing these matters was considered by the NSW Court of Appeal in April, with the Court’s decision reserved, we will continue to lobby the Government to ensure NCAT’s decision is not overturned.”

In other news, NCAT announced its updated fees and charges schedule, effective from 1 July 2018. It also announced a revised policy regarding access to and publication of information from Tribunal proceedings

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