An adjournment is when a hearing is changed to another date. Adjournment requests must be made as soon as possible, at least 5 working days before the hearing date.

Hearings will go ahead unless there is a good reason

NCAT will not agree to an adjournment unless there is a good reason to change the date, and it is fair in the circumstances.  Even if all parties agree with the adjournment, this does not mean that NCAT will allow the adjournment.

Consider alternatives to an adjournment

Before requesting an adjournment, consider other options such a asking NCAT for a telephone hearing, asking another person to speak on your behalf, or having the case decided 'on the papers' based on written submissions and evidence.

How to request an adjournment

Step 1: Contact the other party

Before requesting an adjournment you must contact all other parties and let them know you want to change the hearing date. Ask them if they agree to the adjournment and to provide their response in writing.

Step 2: Complete the adjournment request form

Complete the Adjournment request form [PDF 96kB] and clearly state the reasons for your request.

Attach supporting documents for requesting the adjournment and any responses received from the other parties.  Supporting documents may include:

  • A medical certificate that states you are unable to attend the hearing and the medical reason why.
  • A copy of travel booking or itinerary and information about when the booking was made.

Send the adjournment request form and attachments to NCAT by post or email.  

Step 3: Do not assume the date has changed

Do not assume NCAT will grant the adjournment. The hearing will go ahead as originally planned, unless NCAT contacts you to confirm a new date and time.

For more information

Read the Consumer and Commercial Division Adjournment Guideline [PDF 66kB] for detailed information about adjournments.