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Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

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

Important Notice – Amendment to NTCAT Rules - 29 NOVEMBER 2016

Amendments to the NTCAT Rules, effective 23 November 2016, have the effect that certain out of pocket expenses incurred by successful NTCAT applicants may be recoverable from the unsuccessful party.  The amendments, to rule 10 of the NTCAT Rules, formally recognise a principle that has been applied by NTCAT since its decision in Strik v Rutherford T/A Affordable Rural Homes [2016] NTCAT 330 – namely that a departure from the usual costs rule in NTCAT proceedings (parties bear their own costs) will be considered in cases where refusal of an order would substantially deprive a successful party of their remedy.  The amended rules may be accessed by a link on the NTCAT home page.

Important Notice - FEES HAVE CHANGED.
Fees have changed. Please see the Fees page for more details.


The new Guardianship of Adults Act and the amended Advance Personal Planning Act will be commenced on 28 July 2016.

The Aged and Infirm Persons’ Property Act is also repealed on that date but orders under that Act will continue to have legal effect as guardianship orders.

Prospective applicants will now need to utilise NTCAT forms and to file applications with NTCAT from 28 July 2016 onwards.

Reviews (now called reassessments) of guardianship orders that were due to be undertaken after 31 August 2016 will now be dealt with by NTCAT.

There are 5 matter types that NTCAT deals with in the guardianship jurisdiction:

  1. Applying for a guardianship order
  2. Applying to register an interstate guardianship order
  3. Applying to vary, revoke or reassess a guardianship order
  4. Applying for specific order under the Guardianship of Adults Act (including under sections 33, 34 and 35)
  5. Applying for a consent decision about proposed health care action

NTCAT Process
When applications are made to NTCAT, applicants and interested persons will receive an order which sets out the next step in the proceeding.

In most cases, a directions hearing will be held. This is aimed at determining whether more information and evidentiary material is required and to set a timetable for the hearing.

All hearings in the guardianship jurisdiction are closed to the public with only the applicant, interested persons, the relevant person and legal representatives (if any) being able to attend.

More information
For more process related information please contact the NTCAT registry.

If you are seeking general information about guardianship issues please contact the Office of the Public Guardian or visit the Department of Health website at

The Office of the Public Guardian website also contains useful factsheets on range of topics in the guardianship jurisdiction.

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".