(1) In determining a building claim, the Tribunal may have regard to, but is not bound by, any report prepared by an inspector by whom any matter giving rise to a building dispute has been investigated under Division 2 (before an application was made for determination of the building claim).(2) The inspector may be called to give evidence in proceedings before the Tribunal only by the Tribunal (and not by either party to the building claim).(2A) The Tribunal may appoint an independent expert, from a panel of experts approved by the Chairperson of the Tribunal, to advise the Tribunal as to any matter that the Tribunal refers to the expert for advice.(2B) In any proceedings for which an independent expert has been appointed under subsection (2A), no party may call any other expert to give evidence in the proceedings, or tender any report prepared by any other expert, except by leave of the Tribunal.(2C) Subject to any order of the Tribunal, the costs of an independent expert appointed under subsection (2A) are to be borne by the parties in equal proportions.(2D) Anything done or omitted to be done by an independent expert under this Division does not, if the thing was done or omitted to be done in good faith for the purposes of this Division, subject the expert personally to any action, liability, claim or demand.(3) Nothing in this section prevents a party from cross-examining an inspector or expert called under this section.
(1) In determining a building claim, the Tribunal is empowered to make one or more of the following orders as it considers appropriate:(a) an order that one party to the proceedings pay money to another party or to a person specified in the order, whether by way of debt, damages or restitution, or refund any money paid by a specified person,(b) an order that a specified amount of money is not due or owing by a party to the proceedings to a specified person, or that a party to the proceedings is not entitled to a refund of any money paid to another party to the proceedings,(c) an order that a party to the proceedings:(i) do any specified work or perform any specified service or any obligation arising under this Act or the terms of any agreement, or(ii) do or perform, or refrain from doing or performing, any specified act, matter or thing.(2) The Tribunal may make an order of a kind referred to in subsection (1) (a) or (b) even if the applicant asked for an order of a kind referred to in subsection (1) (c).(3) The provisions of sections 9–13 of the Consumer Claims Act 1998 apply, with any necessary modifications, to and in respect of the determination of a building claim.
(1) This section applies to proceedings in relation to a building claim that does not arise under a contract of insurance entered into under this Act.(2) If, during the course of any proceedings before the Tribunal in relation to a building claim, it appears to the Tribunal that a party to the dispute has the right to make a claim under a contract of insurance entered into under this Act, the Tribunal may adjourn the proceedings to allow the claim to be made and determined.(3) If proceedings are adjourned under this section and the claim in relation to the contract of insurance is settled, the proceedings are taken to have been finalised, unless the Tribunal otherwise orders.
If, at any time before or during proceedings before it in relation to a building claim, the Tribunal is of the opinion that a person should be joined as a party to the proceedings, the Tribunal may, by notice in writing given to the person or by oral direction given during proceedings, join the person as a party to the proceedings.
An order made under this Part (other than an interim order or a direction) must include a warning, in the form prescribed by the regulations, that if the person against whom the order is made fails to comply with the order the failure to comply will be recorded with the other information kept about the person in the register kept under section 120.
The Tribunal must inform the Director-General of any order made under this Part, and of the time limit for compliance with the order, as soon as practicable after making the order.
(1) A person against whom an order has been made by the Tribunal under this Part may inform the Director-General when that order has been complied with.(2) A person against whom an order has been made must not inform the Director-General that an order has been complied with if the person knows or ought reasonably to know that it has not been complied with.
Maximum penalty: 200 penalty units.(3) If the Director-General is satisfied that an order has been complied with, the Director-General must ensure that the register kept under section 120 does not record non-compliance with the order.(4) Nothing in this section prevents the Director-General from recording non-compliance with an order if he or she had previously removed a reference to an order from the register.
If the Director-General has not been informed that an order has been complied with by the end of the time limit for compliance with the order, the order is taken to have not been complied with and may be recorded as such on the register kept under section 120.