Security at hearing venues 

Consumer and Commercial Division

To encourage a safe and secure environment at NCAT you may be asked to comply with some security measures. 

Security procedures

Security officers at NCAT hearing venues will carry out the following security procedures:

  • Carry out bag searches

  • Confiscate threatening items

  • Operate a walk-through metal detector where available or hand-held metal detector

  • Respond to duress alarms, incidents and emergencies

  • Sit in hearings as required

  • Regular monitoring and patrols of the hearing venue

  • Contact the Police if necessary.

Metal detectors

Security officers use metal detectors to detect threatening items and confiscate them.  If you do not wish to walk through a metal detector or be scanned with a held-held wand detector because of a medical implant such as a pacemaker, tell the security officer and show them your medical certificate or other proof.

Items that will be confiscated

Security officers will confiscate any item that may be considered a threat to the safety of persons attending the hearing.

Items considered potentially dangerous or threatening will be receipted and held for you until you leave the premises.  These items will be returned to you after the hearing.  Any prohibited items will be confiscated and handed to the Police.

Prohibited items

Examples of dangerous or threatening items

  • Firearms

  • Knives

  • Prohibited weapons

  • Illegal drugs


  • Tools such as screwdrivers, spanners and hammers

  • Scissors and other sharp items

  • Motorcycle helmets

  • Aerosol cans

  • Syringes without medical authority

  • Umbrellas

  • Alcohol

A detailed description of prohibited items can be found in the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998.

Do the security procedures cause delays?

To gain entry to NCAT's hearing venues you must comply with the security procedures.  To reduce any delays, you are encouraged to arrive early and to think carefully about the items you intend to bring with you. 

Do I have to comply?

Yes.  If you are requested by a security guard to submit yourself to a bag search, metal detector scan or any other type of inspection then you must comply.  Otherwise you will not be able to attend the hearing. 

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