NCAT hears and decides cases about community and neighbourhood schemes disputes under the Community Land Management Act 1989.
Community schemes cases are managed through NCAT's Consumer and Commercial Division.
How to apply
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. Contact NSW Fair Trading to learn more about mediation.
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 , 152.0 KB)
- Download a Community Schemes Application interim orders application (PDF , 92.4 KB)
After lodging your application you can expect the matter to be finalised within three months.
Appeals against an Adjudicator's decision and other dispute types such as requests for penalty orders and unit entitlement are determined by NCAT in a hearing. Learn about the NCAT hearing and appeals process for community schemes matters.
- Download a Community Schemes Application for Tribunal Orders (PDF , 254.5 KB)
After lodging your application you can expect a first hearing within eight weeks.
Fees are payable for community schemes applications. View the fees and charges schedule.
What happens next
Matters are either dealt with by an Adjudicator on the papers or by a Tribunal Member at a hearing depending on the dispute type.
Orders NCAT can make
Specify the section of the Community Land Management Act 1989 and the orders you want NCAT to make. Refer to the Orders page information in the application forms for sections of the Act and types of orders that can be made.
- Community schemes Adjudicator orders (PDF , 152.0 KB)
- Community schemes Tribunal orders (PDF , 254.5 KB)
- Community schemes interim orders (PDF , 92.4 KB)
If you are unsure of which order to select, contact NSW Fair Trading for assistance on 13 32 20.
Organisations that can help
NCAT cannot provide legal advice. Find out how we can and cannot assist. Below are some organisations that can provide help or advice about your case.