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Date Published

Note: This information applies to oppositions commenced on or after 15 April 2013, and oppositions commenced before 15 April 2013 provided an evidentiary period commenced on or after 15 April 2013.

The former reg 5.10 continues to apply to extend an evidentiary period that commenced before 15 April 2013. (See 7.11.3 Extensions of Time - Reg 5.10).

The Commissioner will not extend a time period because of negotiations to settle the proceedings.  

When parties are in negotiations, they will need to continue to prepare their evidence expeditiously, and an extension is only available if the party has continued to make all reasonable efforts to complete their evidence in time.  

Settlement negotiations are not an exceptional circumstance.

Amended Reasons

Amended Reason Date Amended
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