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Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Justice in an accessible and modern forum.

Welcome to the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) website.

Important Notice - 3 JUNE 2016

"Important Information for NTCAT parties and practitioners - New NTCAT Rules have come into effect.

A revised version of the NTCAT Rules came into effect on 31 May 2016. It replaces the rules that were current from 29 March 2016.

With the assistance of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, the rules have been revamped and now have a look and feel that is more in keeping with other Northern Territory legislation.

The content of the revised rules is substantially the same as the previous version. The ‘top level’ numbering of the revised rules is basically unchanged; however, there are some alterations to the ordering of sub-rules.

The revised rules are published on the NTG register of legislation: NTCAT Rules 31 May 2016."

NTCAT commenced operations on 6 October 2014 under the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act

NTCAT is the new ‘super tribunal’ for the Northern Territory.  It is designed to be a one stop shop for reviewing a wide range of administrative decisions and resolving certain civil disputes.  In addition, NTCAT will have jurisdiction in areas relating to regulation of professions and protection of civil rights.  The NTCAT Act requires NTCAT to promote the best principles of public administration, to resolve disputes through high quality processes and the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution procedures wherever appropriate, to be accessible to all, especially people with special needs, to ensure efficient and cost-effective processes for all parties involved, to use straight forward language and procedures, to act with as little formality and technicality as possible and to be flexible in the way in which it conducts its business.

NTCAT’s jurisdiction will expand over time with new jurisdictions gradually phased into its business.

Important Notice
From 1 May 2016, NTCAT will have jurisdiction over Small Claims matters. For more information about this new NTCAT jurisdiction please see:

New Arrangements for Small Claims Matters  PDF 276KB | DOCX 2.0MB


A summary of the types of matters NTCAT will be able to deal with can be accessed under the Matter types / Jurisdiction topic.

If you have any questions or require assistance please contact the NTCAT registry staff.

To learn more about how NTCAT deals with matters and also obtain answers to frequently asked questions please see "NTCAT General Information - How NTCAT Will Deal With Your Matter".