Preliminary submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission Review of the Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 (Qld)

Narelle Bedford, Diana Knight

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Summary of major points suggested to be included in the forthcoming QLRC
discussion paper:
1. Whether Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 (Qld) (“the
Act”) should specifically refer to mediation and related dispute resolution
2. If retaining walls are incorporated into the Act, does the title of the Act require
3. Are amendments necessary to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act
2009 (Qld)?
4. Whether there is a need for a register of all QCAT orders made under the Act, rather
than just for orders relating to trees as is presently required.
5. In implementing the Act, whether the Department of Justice and Attorney-General
dispute resolution centres should establish a physical and accessible presence in
Southeast Queensland beyond Brisbane.
6. In implementing the Act, what measures could be taken to increase and improve
access to justice by having greater regard to the linguistic and cultural disadvantage
of non-English speaking background disputants, disabled disputants and women and
other disadvantaged groups in society.
7. To consider how the Department of Justice and Attorney-General and Community
Legal Centres, along with Community Justice Centres can better cooperate to
achieve the Act’s objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


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