If a person wants to advise the Commission that a lawyer or paid agent acts for them in relation to a matter before the Commission, they must lodge a notice with the Commission. The notice must be served on all parties to the matter.
There are 2 ways in which a person (or a lawyer or paid agent acting for the person) can give notice that a lawyer or paid agent acts for them in relation to a matter before the Commission:
- they can give notice by identifying the lawyer or paid agent as the person’s representative in an application or other approved Commission form that they lodge in the matter, or
- they can give notice by lodging a Form F53.
The notice may serve to inform the Commission and other parties that the lawyer or paid agent needs to be copied into correspondence and documents lodged in the matter. It also puts the other parties on notice that costs are being incurred for which the other parties (or their lawyers or paid agents) could become liable if a costs order is made by the Commission.