​Our structure

VCAT is established by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998.

Under this law, the president and vice presidents are responsible for our management and administration. They are supported in this task by the President's Advisory Committee - for details, see Our leadership.

We have four divisions, each led by a deputy president: administrative, civil, human rights and residential tenancies. We handle similar types of cases through 'Lists' within each division. List Definition A List is an area in VCAT that deals with cases of a similar nature. For example, the Residential Tenancies List decides cases between tenants and landlords, and the Civil Claims List handles disputes about buying or selling goods and services. is the name we give to sections of VCAT that hear and decide specific types of cases.

Our chief executive officer oversees the administration executive and registry Definition The administrative section of VCAT that accepts documents that are filed with the tribunal and also handles some public enquiries. See also registrar. functions that enable the divisions to do their work.

Deputy presidents and the chief executive officer report to the President.

President and Vice Presidents


Justice Michelle Quigley

Vice Presidents

Fourteen County Court judges serve as vice presidents. For details, see our list of VCAT members.

Administrative Division

Head of Division - Deputy President Heather Lambrick

Administrative Division deals with professional conduct inquiries and applications from people seeking review of decisions made by government and other authorities. It has three Lists:

  • Legal Practice
  • Planning and Environment
  • Review and Regulation.

Civil Division

Head of Division Deputy President Cathy Aird

The Civil Division hears and determines a range of civil disputes relating to:

  • consumer matters
  • domestic building works
  • owners corporation matters
  • retail tenancies
  • sale and ownership of property
  • use or flow of water between properties.

Civil Division has three Lists:

  • Civil Claims
  • Building and Property
  • Owners Corporations.

Human Rights Division

Head of DivisionDeputy President Genevieve Nihill AM

The Human Rights Division deals with matters relating to:

  • guardianship and administration
  • power of attorney
  • medical treatment and advance care directives
  • equal opportunity
  • racial and religious vilification
  • health and privacy information
  • the  Disability Definition A condition that restricts a person's physical or mental capacity to interact in their environment. Disability can be temporary, situational or permanent. Act 2006 (Vic)
  • decisions made by the Mental Health Tribunal.

Human Rights Division has two Lists:

  • Guardianship, including Powers of Attorney
  • Human Rights.

Residential Tenancies Division

Head of Division Deputy President Heather Barker

The Residential Tenancies Division deals with matters involving:

  • residential tenants and landlords
  • rooming house owners and residents
  • the Director of Housing and public housing tenants
  • caravan park owners and residents
  • site tenants and site owners.

This division has one List: Residential Tenancies.

Administration Executive and Registry

Acting Chief Executive Officer - Mary Amiridis

Principal Registrar Definition The officer in charge of the administrative section of VCAT, which is known as the registry. - Carolyn McSporran

Director, Operations - Melissa Biram

Director, Corporate Services - Barbara Oleczek

Manager, Finance and Reporting - Bradley Vice

Director, Information Technology - Michael Van Der Arend

Director, People Management - Jeshree Gaundar

The Administrative Executive and Registry provides:

  • registry, listings and customer services
  • people management
  • strategic communications
  • information technology
  • finance and reporting.