Commercial law in New South Wales encompasses a broad range of civil law matters, including commercial leases, employment law, debt recovery, insolvency and contractual disputes. Some commercial law matters in NSW can be heard by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), while others must be heard by a court.
NCAT has jurisdiction to hear some types of commercial matters. The jurisdictional limits that apply to NCAT are different in different types of claim. It may hear consumer claims of up to $100,000 and retail lease claims of up to $750,000 or $400,000 (depending on when the lease was entered into).
The NSW Local Court has jurisdiction to hear commercial claims of up to $100,000.
The NSW District Court has jurisdiction to hear any action arising out of a commercial transaction where the amount in dispute is under $750,000.
The NSW Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear commercial matters where the amount in dispute is more than $750,000.