The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is established under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (the Act) and began operations on 1 July 1998, amalgamating 15 boards and tribunals to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ dealing with a range of disputes.
VCAT’s vision is to be ‘an innovative, flexible and accountable organisation which is accessible and delivers a fair and efficient dispute resolution service’.
Hearings are conducted at 55 King Street, Melbourne, as well as at a range of venues in suburban and regional Victoria.
A Supreme Court judge heads VCAT as President. County Court judges serve as Vice Presidents. Applications are heard and determined by Deputy Presidents (appointed on a full time basis), Senior Members and ordinary Members (may be appointed on a full time, part time or sessional basis).
Members have a broad range of specialised skills and qualifications, enabling VCAT to hear and determine cases of varying complexity and subject matter.
What we do
Since its inception, VCAT’s purpose has been to provide Victorians with a low cost,accessible, efficient and independent tribunal delivering high quality dispute resolution.
Over the years, VCAT has evolved to accommodate new jurisdictions and functions under various Acts, regulations and
rules. VCAT now comprises three divisions.
The Civil Division hears and determines a range of civil disputes relating to:
- consumer matters
- domestic building works
- legal services
- owners corporation matters
- residential and retail tenancies disputes
- sale and ownership of real property, and
- use or flow of water between properties.
The Administrative Division deals with applications from people seeking review of government and other bodies’ decisions that affect them. These include decisions relating to:
- local council land valuations and planning permits
- Transport Accident Commission findings
- State taxation
- business licences and professional registrations
- Freedom of Information applications
- WorkSafe assessments, and
- disciplinary proceedings across a range of professions and industries.
HUMAN RIGHTS DIVISION
The Human Rights Division deals with matters relating to:
- guardianship and administration
- racial and religious vilification
- health and information privacy, and
- decisions made by the Mental Health Review Board.