QCAT has recently published a new Practice Direction which now requires a QCAT member or an adjudicator to deliver any decision (and reasons) that has been reserved within 90 days. Decisions that are made ‘on the papers’ are also required to be made within 90 days. A copy of the Practice Direction can be found here.

A member or adjudicator may only deliver their decision outside the 90 day period if they are granted an extension of time by the President, the Deputy President or a Senior Member of the Tribunal.

Up until now, QCAT has not been required to deliver its decisions within any specified period. The move to a 90 period is significant for QCAT. The new Practice Direction will provide certainty to parties involved with proceedings in QCAT as to when they can expect a decision to be made.