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 Development Tribunals

If you are not happy with a decision made by your local council (or a private certifier), you may be able to appeal to the Development Tribunals (Tribunals).

How do the Tribunals work?

Tribunals are established as needed from a pool of appointed general referees and hearings are conducted informally.

General referees are appointed for a term of no more than 3 years by the minister or executive officer of the department.

No legal representation is permitted at Tribunal hearings and decisions are delivered in plain English.

A Tribunal has jurisdiction to decide certain matters defined in the following Acts and related regulations:

  • Planning Act 2016
  • Building Act 1975 (other than a matter under that Act that may or must be decided by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission)
  • Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002
  • Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002
  • South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009 (SEQ Water Act).

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For more information, contact the Registrar, Development Tribunals:



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