Getting a fair go in the tribunal

Published on 09/09/2013

Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) today launched a new information video, Getting a fair go in the Tribunal.

The video is a joint initiative of both agencies to assist anyone involved in discrimination matters to navigate and understand how complaints are managed when they are referred to the Tribunal for a hearing and decision.

Anti-discrimination Commissioner Kevin Cocks said that as most parties involved in QCAT hearings were self-represented it was important they knew what to expect and understood the Tribunal‘s processes and procedures.

“The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland investigates and attempts to resolve complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification and victimisation through the process of conciliation,” he said. 

“However, if resolution cannot be achieved, a complainant can choose to have the matter referred to QCAT, where a decision is made, usually after a public hearing.

“QCAT provides a process for this to occur and Getting a fair go in the Tribunal is a great tool to help people to get the best out of the process.”

QCAT President Justice Alan Wilson said the film would be of use to anyone coming to the Tribunal – whether as an applicant, respondent or advocate in a discrimination matter.

“The Tribunal provides a fair, quick, and informal environment for hearings to be held and matters resolved.

Getting a fair go in the Tribunal provides clear and useful information, including how to prepare for a hearing, so that those coming to us can feel more relaxed and confident about their experience.”

The film can be viewed at the ADCQ YouTube channel or www.adcq.qld.gov.au  and www.qcat.qld.gov.au

Media contacts:

ADCQ - Mackayla Jeffries (07) 3021 9120 | TTY 1300 130 680

QCAT - Maggie Littlefair (07) 32340597