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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    New ‘super’ tribunal achieves success in first seven months of operation

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    New ‘super’ tribunal achieves success in first seven months of operation

    Queensland’s new ‘super’ tribunal has been a successful addition to the state’s justice system, achieving a clearance rate of 87 per cent in its first seven months of operation amid increasing demand for its services.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick said the new Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), which was established on 1 December 2009, had proved popular with people who wanted to resolve everyday legal matters without the expense of going to court. Data on the tribunal’s performance was outlined in QCAT’s 2009-10 annual report, which was tabled in Parliament today.

    Mr Dick said QCAT had received 16,566 applications (an increase of 37 per cent), responded to 41,500 calls and held more than 16,700 hearings between 1 December 2009 and 30 June 2010. QCAT also finalised 14,443 matters, achieving an impressive clearance rate of 87 per cent.

    “This is a stunning performance for its first seven months, especially considering QCAT was the most significant structural reform to state’s justice system in more than 50 years and was achieved without a single day’s interruption to services to the community,” Mr Dick said. 

    “I extend my thanks to QCAT President, Justice Alan Wilson, and Deputy President, Judge Fleur Kingham, for their outstanding efforts in establishing the tribunal so successfully.”

    Mr Dick said the amalgamation of 18 tribunals and 23 jurisdictions into a one-stop shop clearly was clearly paying dividends and making access to the state’s justice system easier.

    “QCAT reported a strong emerging trend of increases in minor civil dispute and guardianship matters – minor civil disputes increased 60 per cent to 10,302 matters and guardianship matters increased by 11 per cent to 5087 matters.

    “The Bligh Government has recognised this growing demand, allocating an additional $1.5 million to QCAT in 2010-11 to fund extra adjudicators, case managers and support staff.”

    Media contact: Office of Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487