​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

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​Resolving your dispute

It is a good idea to try to resolve a dispute without going to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). You can try to resolve your dispute by negotiating​ directly with the other party. If you need help, you could arrange for an independent person to assist you both through a process called 'mediation'. If you reach an agreement, you should put it in writing.

Why settle before going to NCAT?

If you settle your case you will not have to go to NCAT. Here are some benefits:

Time

It can take months for your matter to be finalised at NCAT. You will also have to make time to prepare for and attend NCAT.

Stress

Going to NCAT can be stressful. You will need to be organised and prepare your written evidence. You will also need to be prepared for the hearing.  Before going to NCAT, it is a good idea to think about the impact the case will have on you personally and whether it is worth the stress.

Uncertainty

If you go to NCAT, a Tribunal Member will make a decision based on the evidence that is presented. The Tribunal Member will exercise their judgment when applying the law to the facts, and weighing up the evidence.

If you and the other party can reach an agreement, there is less uncertainty about what the outcome will be.

For more information, see:

AlertIf there is an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against you protecting the other party or anyone they have a domestic relationship with, you should get legal advice​ before contacting them. You may be breaching the AVO if you contact them.

AlertThere are strict time limits to start a claim in NCAT. For more information, see Going to NCAT

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