ACAT has forms and templates to fill in and lodge. These are designed so parties provide all the information required for a case.
Before selecting a form, read the information about your case type.
When you lodge a form, you may need to pay a fee, unless you have an exemption, waiver or deferral.
Forms and templates by case type
These forms relate to specific case types at ACAT. Note, there are other general forms and templates that you may also need to use.
The forms and templates for a civil dispute are:
- Civil dispute application [PDF 154KB]
- Statement of interest claimed - civil dispute [PDF 130KB]
- Response – civil dispute [PDF 164KB]
- Third party notice – civil dispute [PDF 135KB]
- Response to third party notice – civil dispute [PDF 158KB]
- Application for default judgment – civil dispute [PDF 82KB]
- Acceptance of admission of liability – civil dispute [PDF 73KB]
- Certificate – reasonable prospects of success [PDF 70KB]
- Scott schedule [DOC 24KB]
If you need to calculate interest, you can use our interest calculator.
The form for a late discrimination referral is:
The forms and templates for a fence dispute are:
Guardianship and management of property cases
The forms and templates for guardianship and management of property cases are:
- Application under the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991 form [DOC 327KB] or [PDF 263KB]
- Appointment of manager for missing person’s property form [DOC 126KB] or [PDF 220KB]
- Application to register an interstate appointment form [DOC 108KB] or [PDF 193KB]
- Statutory declaration for the appointment of guardian or manager [DOC 98KB] or [PDF 190KB]
- Statutory declaration - statement of protected person's property [DOC 131K] or [PDF 222KB]
Mental health cases
The forms and templates for a mental health case are:
- Information sheet for applications under the Mental Health Act 2015 [DOC 42KB]
- Application for mental health orders [DOC 57KB]
- Application for forensic mental health orders [DOC 47KB]
- Application to review or extend consent to treatment, care or support [DOC 31KB]
- Assessment order application [DOC 46KB]
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) application [DOC 58KB]
- Tribunal review report [DOC 47KB]
Occupational regulation and discipline cases
The forms and templates for occupational regulation and discipline cases are:
- Application for disciplinary action [PDF 103KB]
- Application for review of a decision [PDF 131KB]
- Application for order to be joined as a party [PDF 116KB]
Rental property disputes
The forms and templates for rental property disputes are:
- Application for resolution of a dispute under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 [PDF 298KB] or [DOC 240KB]
- Response – resolution of a dispute under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 [PDF 107KB]
- Application – failure to comply with a payment order [PDF 528KB]
- Application for a warrant for eviction [PDF 71KB]
- Application for endorsement [PDF 124KB]
- Pro forma for endorsement (to be lodged with the application for endorsement) [RTF 60KB]
- Application for the endorsement of a residential tenancies agreement by a community organisation [PDF 118KB]
- Application for resolution of a dispute under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 division 6.5A protection orders [PDF 705KB]
Retirement village disputes
The application form for a retirement village dispute is:
- Application – Retirement Villages Act 2012 [PDF 114KB]
- Late application for retirement village complaint to be heard [PDF 206K] or [DOC 113KB]
Review of ACT Government decisions
The forms to use for a review of an ACT government decision are:
- Application for review of a decision [PDF 131KB]
- Application for order to be joined as a party [PDF 116KB]
Unit titles and body corporate disputes
The application forms for a unit title dispute are:
- Application – under the Unit Titles Act 2001 [PDF 130KB]
The form to appeal an ACAT decision is:
- Application for appeal [PDF 111KB]
Removal or referral to the Supreme Court
The form to request removal or referral to the Supreme Court is:
General forms and templates
Attending ACAT by telephone
Review our information about telephone attendance.
If you are a party or witness in a case, you can request to attend ACAT by telephone using the telephone attendance request form [DOC 917KB].
Review our information about fees.
The forms for ACAT fees are:
- Request for exemption from paying fees [PDF 196KB]
- Request about payment of fees [DOC 139KB]
- Credit card payment authorisation [PDF 86KB]
- Statement as to nature and turnover of a corporation [PDF 90KB]
To ask ACAT for an interim (or other) order, use the:
Preparing for hearing
Review our information about hearings.
The forms and templates to prepare for an ACAT hearing are:
- Witness statement [DOC 32KB]
- Timeline of events template [PDF 220KB]
- Form for standard statutory declaration [DOC 53KB]
- Form for standard statutory declaration [PDF 88KB]
- Submissions [DOC 25KB]
Review our information about subpoenas.
For a subpoena which will be served in the ACT, complete the subpoena form [PDF 122KB].
If you have a subpoena that needs to be served interstate, you will also need:
- order to serve a subpoena outside ACAT form [PDF 16KB] found in the Court Procedure Rules 2006
- affidavit in support of application for leave to serve ACAT subpoena outside ACT form [PDF 17KB] found in the Court Procedure Rules 2006
- notice to witness [DOC 16KB] in accordance with the Service and Execution of Process Act 1992
Review our information about representation and advice.
If you are represented in an ACAT case, you need to lodge one of these forms (depending on your circumstances):
- Notice of new contact or representation details [PDF 67KB]
- Power of attorney for representation of an individual [PDF 98KB]
- Power of attorney for representation of an individual [DOC 51KB]
- Authority to act for a corporation [PDF 57KB]
- Consent and undertaking by a person to act as litigation guardian [PDF 37KB]
- Affidavit for a person to act as a litigation guardian [PDF 39KB]
Affidavit of service
When you have served documents in some cases, you will need to fill in an affidavit of service [DOC 32KB].
Review our information about transcripts. This is where you will find the forms you need to use to buy a transcript.
Ending your case
An applicant can use the notice of discontinuance form [PDF 73KB] to discontinue an ACAT case.
We have information about resolving your case outside ACAT.
Contact us for more information.
ACT Civil and Administrative TribunalA tribunal established under the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2008. It may also be referred to as ACAT or Tribunal.
Administrative reviewACAT has jurisdiction to review some administrative decisions made by the ACT Government. Find out about Review of ACT Government decisions.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)Also known as dispute resolution. This is a way of resolving disputes without a formal hearing. It may involve a preliminary conference or mediation. ADR is used to help parties resolve cases by agreement.
AnorMeans ‘and another’. This term is generally used to name parties to proceedings when there is more than one applicant or respondent.
Appeal TribunalA tribunal constituted under section 81 of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal 2008 to review a decision of the tribunal (not all ACAT decisions are appealable at ACAT – you may need to go to the Supreme Court).
AppellantThe individual or company that appeals an ACAT decision.
Authorising lawsA law that says an application (including referrals) may be made to ACAT. An authorising law may also set out the powers ACAT has in a case. Also see ‘jurisdiction’.
ApplicantThe individual or company that brings a case to ACAT, usually by making an application.
Calling a witnessA party or their representative will ‘call a witness’ at an ACAT hearing when they ask a witness to give evidence.
CaseAlso known as a matter, dispute, application or referral. Cases come to ACAT when ACAT has jurisdiction (power) to make a decision.
Cross-examinationThe process of asking a witness questions to test or check the evidence that the witness has given to ACAT.
Deliver a decisionAlso ‘handing down a decision’. This is giving a decision about an ACAT case. It may be done verbally or in writing (or both).
DirectionsInstructions that set out what each party must do (and when), often to prepare a case for hearing.
Directions hearingA short hearing where an ACAT Member or Registrar decides how to manage a case and what needs to be done before a hearing. Find out about directions hearings.
Ex parte orderAn order made by ACAT where one or more parties were not present.
Expert reportA written report from an expert that may be used as evidence.
Expert witnessA person with specialised knowledge based on their training, study or experience. An expert can give evidence at a hearing. Find out more about witness statements.
Final directions hearingSometimes ACAT will hold a final directions hearing prior to the final hearing of an application. The purpose is to make sure the case is ready to go to a hearing and give the parties a chance to ask questions about the hearing process.
Handed upGiving documents to an ACAT Member or Registrar in a hearing.
In chambersWhen ACAT considers something without holding a hearing.
Joined party (joined/joinder)A party who was not originally a party to the dispute but has later been added to the case.
JurisdictionACAT’s authority (power) to deal with, hear and decide applications (cases).
LeaveIf someone asks for leave, they are usually asking for permission to do something.
List (or listing)A schedule (or list) of cases to be heard at ACAT each day.
Listing noticeA letter or written document from ACAT that sets out when a conference, mediation or hearing is scheduled at ACAT.
MediationA private meeting where parties discuss ways to resolve their dispute, with the help of an impartial mediator (who is also an ACAT Member or Registrar). It is held under section 35 of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2008.
Non-publication and/or non-disclosure orderAlso called a ‘suppression order’. It is an order that requires certain information not to be published or disclosed. It is made under section 39 of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2008. Find out about public hearings and confidentiality.
Opening statementUsually means a statement made at the beginning of a hearing to outline the key points in the case. Sometimes parties are asked to give an opening statement at a mediation or preliminary conference.
Originating applicationAn application that starts an ACAT case.
Party or partiesAn individual or company directly involved in an ACAT case, for example an applicant or respondent. Find out how to identify and name parties.
Preliminary conferenceA private meeting where parties discuss ways to resolve their dispute with the help of an ACAT Member or Registrar. See section 33 of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2008. ACAT has different types of preliminary conferences.
RegistryThe administrative section of ACAT that accepts documents lodged by parties, handles enquiries and provides support for case management.
RepresentativeA person who represents or advocates for an individual or company at a conference, mediation or hearing at ACAT. For example, a legal practitioner or an attorney appointed under a general power of attorney.
Reserved decisionWhen an ACAT Member or Registrar reserves a decision (at the end of a hearing), this means they will give their decision later, either verbally or in writing (sometimes both).
RespondentThe party (or parties) against whom orders or relief is sought.
Short service orderAn order that authorises a shorter time for service (than the time otherwise required).
Serve/serviceA person who can give evidence at a hearing. Find out about witness statements.
Statement of reasonsA document that explains why ACAT made an order in a case. It sets out the law relied on by an ACAT Member or Registrar and explains how the law was applied to the facts of the case. You can request a written statement of reasons within 14 days after an order is made. Find out about statement of reasons.
StayAn order for a particular action (or decision) to be put on hold or suspended for a period of time.
SubmissionA document that sets out your side of a case or dispute and the relevant law. It is presented to ACAT either in writing, verbally or both. Find out about submissions.
SubpoenaRequires a person to appear at ACAT to give evidence or provide documents (or both). Find out about subpoenas.
Substituted service orderAn order that says how a party is to be served with an application or other documents related to the proceedings. In a civil dispute or a rental dispute, an applicant will need to consider asking for a substituted service order if they do not have a physical address for the respondent. Find out about lodging and serving documents.
WitnessA person who can give evidence at a hearing. Find out about witness statements.