New NSW NCAT ‘super tribunal’ due to start on 1 January 2014

By Pam Madafiglio and Joanna Laidler

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is expected to commence operation on 1 January 2014.

As the first ‘super tribunal’ in New South Wales (NSW), NCAT will take over the jurisdiction of 22 exiting state tribunals, including the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (already an amalgamation of various state tribunals), the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal, the Medical Tribunal and the Local Government Pecuniary Interest and Disciplinary Tribunal.

There is provision for the start date to be delayed, but the tribunal is currently expected to begin operating from 1 January 2014 to deal with urgent matters, such as those in the Guardianship Division…

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