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Enforcing NCAT orders - S​​​tep by step guide 

​​​​This ​​guide will help you enforce an order from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) for the payment of money. 

You can also use this guide to help you enforce an order from the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (CTTT). From 1 January 2014, orders of the CTTT are treated as if they were orders made by NCAT. 

This guide will not help you enforce an order for work be done or an order for possession of property. If you want to enforce an order that work be done or an order for possession of property you can get further information from the NCAT website or get legal advice

There are three steps you need to take to enforce an order of NCAT:

Step-by-step guide iconEnfo​​r​ci​​n​g NCAT orders - Step by step guide 

S​tep 1: Ge​​t a certified copy of the order. 

You need to get a document that confirms the order that has been made by​ NCAT (or the CTTT). This is called a 'certified copy of the order'.

You can contact NCAT to request a certified copy by telephone or in writing. NCAT contact details are on the NCAT website. There is no fee for this service. NCAT will send a certified copy of the order to you. 

Step 2: Reg​ister the​​​ certified order with the Loc​al Court 

Once you have a certified copy of the order you need to take it to a Local Court. The certified order will be registered as a judgment of the Local Court.

You will need to complete one form:

  • Form 45: Registration or Filing of (Certificate of) Judgment/Order.
You can get copies of this form from:

After you complete the form, you will need to attach the certified copy of the NCAT order.

You can file the form at any Local Court. The filing fee is $90.00 for an individual and $180.00 for a corporation (as at 1 July 2016). Once the order is registered, it will have the same effect as a judgment of the Local Court. 

Step 3: Enforce judg​m​​ent through the Local Court 

​Once you have a registered judgment, you can start enforcement action to try to get the money you are owed. 

You will be called the 'judgment creditor'. The respondent will be called the 'judgment debtor'.

Enforcement action may include:

  • asking the Sheriff to seize and sell the judgment debtor's property (called a 'writ for the levy of property')
  • asking the Sheriff to take money from the judgment debtor's bank account or wages (called a 'garnishee order')
  • getting an order requiring the judgment debtor to answer questions about their finances (called an 'examination').
There are fees for taking some of these steps.

For more information on how you can enforce a judgment, see Enforcing a judgment debt. ​