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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Send the adjournment request form and attachments to NCAT by post or email.
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.
Read the Consumer and Commercial Division Adjournment Guideline [PDF 66kB] for detailed information about adjournments.