NCAT hears and decides cases about community and neighbourhood schemes disputes under the Community Land Management Act 1989.
Applications can be made by lot owners, owners corporations and occupiers concerning community and neighbourhood scheme disputes.
Parties must generally attempt mediation before lodging an application. Visit NSW Fair Trading's website to learn more about strata and community mediation.
Matters are either dealt with by an Adjudicator on the papers or by a Tribunal Member at a hearing depending on the dispute type.
Most community schemes disputes are determined by an Adjudicator on the papers without the need for a hearing. Learn about the adjudication process.
Download a Community Schemes Application for Adjudicator's Orders [PDF, 468kB]
After lodging your application you can expect the matter to be finalised within 3 months.
Appeals against an Adjudicator's decision and other dispute types such as requests for penalty orders and unit entitlement are determined by the Tribunal at hearing. Learn about the Tribunal hearing and appeals process for community schemes matters.
After lodging your application you can expect a first hearing within 8 weeks.
Community schemes Adjudicator orders
Community schemes Tribunal orders
Community schemes interim orders
You may have to pay a fee to apply to NCAT. Learn more about fees or apply for a fee waiver.
Community Land Management Act 1989
Fees at NCAT