On 26 October 2012, the NSW Attorney General Greg Smith SC announced a plan to integrate 23 of the state’s tribunals and bodies into a new overarching tribunal, NCAT in order to provide a simple, quick and effective process for resolving disputes. Mr Smith said,
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) will be a one-stop shop for almost all state tribunals, ranging from relatively small bodies such as the Chinese Medicine Tribunal through to the much larger Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal.
NCAT will be divided into specialist divisions, which are:
1. Consumer, Administrative and Equal Opportunity;
2. Occupational and Regulatory;
3. Guardianship; and
The President of NCAT will be a judge of the Supreme Court in order to ensure its independence and Deputy Presidents with relevant experience will lead the specialist divisions.
NCAT will have an internal appeals panel to provide for speedy and accessible reviews of most tribunal decisions.
NCAT is expected to begin operation in January 2014.
Below is a list of all the tribunals and bodies that will be incorporated into NCAT:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Tribunal
Aboriginal Land Councils Pecuniary Interest and Disciplinary Tribunal
Administrative Decisions Tribunal
Chinese Medicine Tribunal
Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal
Local Government Pecuniary Interest and Disciplinary Tribunal
Local Land Boards
Medical Radiation Practice Tribunal
Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal
Occupational Therapy Tribunal
Vocational Tribunal Appeal Panel
Victims Compensation Tribunal
Posted by Chris Kerin and Chanele Mao