NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)

Certified money orders

To enforce an order for the payment of money you can request a certified copy of the or​der.  The certified money order must be registered as a judgment for a debt by the NSW Local Court (or District Court for amounts over $100,000) before enforcement action can take place.

How to enforce a money order

Take the following steps to have a NCAT order for the payment of money enforced.

Step 1: Request a certified money order

Call or write to NCAT requesting a 'certified money order'. This is a signed and sealed copy of NCAT's orders for the payment of money. A certified money order can be requested at any time after a money order is made by NCAT.

Step 2: Register with the Local Court

Once you receive the NCAT certified money order it will need to be registered to start enforcement action. 

You can register online via the NSW Online Registry website or take the certified money order to a NSW Local Court (or NSW District Court for amounts over $100,000).  The certified order can then be registered as a judgment of the Local Court. The Local Court will charge a filing fee for this service.

Step 3: Enforce judgment through the Local Court

With the registered judgment, you can start enforcement action through the Local Court to try to get the money you are owed. Enforcement action may include applying for a 'garnishee order' to have money taken from the judgment debtor's wages or bank accounts, or a 'writ for the levy of property' to authorise the Sheriff to seize and sell property belonging to the debtor to pay the debt.

Visit the LawAccess website for a Step-by-step guide to enforcing NCAT money orders.