Requests for adjournment are granted sparingly by the Tribunal.  In the event that you are not able to attend the Tribunal for a conference or a hearing, you should consider:

1. Whether to request to attend by telephone. This request should be made no later than 5 days before the conference or hearing.  When considering this request, the Tribunal will take into account:

  • any views expressed by a party
  • the reasons for the request
  • any prejudice or disadvantage either party might suffer
  • the delay that might occur
  • any other relevant matter

2. Whether to appoint an Attorney to appear on your behalf.  An Attorney is a trusted friend or agent that parties can authorise to negotiate and enter into agreements on their behalf.  To appoint an Attorney you can complete the General Power of Attorney for Representation of an Individual or Authority to Act for a Corporation forms as applicable.  

If attendance by telephone or a representative/attorney is not possible, parties need to provide a written request for adjournment, by letter or email, in accordance with Direction 19 of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal Directions 2010 (No1).  

In considering an application for adjournment, the Tribunal will consider:

  • the reasons put forward for the request
  • the attitude of each other party to the application to the request for an adjournment
  • any serious disadvantage the requesting party or where relevant the public, may suffer if the adjournment is not granted
  • any prejudice to each other party or where relevant, to the public, if the adjournment is granted
  • the appropriateness of an order requiring the requesting party to pay costs if an adjournment is granted
  • any other relevant matter

Written applications for adjournment should address these considerations. Sometimes it will also be necessary for the applicant to provide information corroborating the reason for adjournment such as a medical certificate. 

Please note that parties requesting an adjournment have an obligation to consult with the other party in the matter and will need to include the other party’s view to the request in their application.

Based on the information received, the Tribunal will make a decision about whether an adjournment is to be granted and parties will be notified accordingly.