About VCAT


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VCAT is a tribunal that hears and decides civil and administrative legal cases in the State of Victoria, Australia.

Established in 1998, we are the busiest tribunal in Australia. We finalise more than 85,000 cases a year – mostly disputes – at over 46 venues across Victoria.

When hearing Definition The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. a case, we apply the relevant law - for example, the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 for cases about renting a home, or the municipal planning scheme in a development dispute. For more about what we do and the steps involved, see Steps to resolve your case.

We can only hear cases when a law gives us this authority. 

The law that establishes VCAT and governs our operations is the Victorian Civil and Administrative Act 1998, available from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

VCAT is supported by Court Services Victoria, a statutory corporate body established in July 2014 to provide administrative support and facilities to Victorian courts and VCAT.