On 4 December, the President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) issued a new practice direction, Practice Direction No.11 of 2020, which outlines the procedure for the filing and use of audio, video and photographs as evidence in tribunal proceedings.
The practice direction applies to all matters excluding minor civil disputes.
The practice direction outlines that the tribunal will accept audio, video or photographs on a USB storage device in one of the following file formats:
|Container formats||3GP,[a] ASF, AVI, DVR-MS, FLV, Matroska (MKV), MIDI,[b] QuickTime File Format, MP4, Ogg, OGM, WAV, MPEG-2 (ES, PS, TS, PVA, MP3), AIFF, Raw audio, Raw DV, MXF, VOB, RM, Blu-ray, DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD, CD Audio, DVB, HEIF, AVIF|
|Audio coding formats||AAC, AC3, ALAC, AMR,[a] DTS, DV Audio, XM, FLAC, It, MACE, MOD, Monkey’s Audio, MP3, Opus, PLS, QCP, QDM2/QDMC, RealAudio,[c] Speex, Screamtracker 3/S3M, TTA, Vorbis, WavPack,[d] WMA (WMA 1/2, WMA 3 partially)|
|Digital Camcorder formats||MOD and TOD via USB|
|Photograph formats||PDN, PNG, JPG, JPEG, JPE, JFIF, EXIF, JXR, WDP, WMP, BMP, DIB, RLE, GIF, TGA, DDS, TIF, TIFF, WEBP|
There are particular requirements to satisfy when filing audio, video and photographs which are specified in the practice direction, including the requirement that the USB storage device be accompanied by a signed declaration.
QCAT Practice Direction No.11 of 2020 – The filing and use of audio, video and photographs in tribunal proceedings is available on the QCAT website.