Our structure

Understand VCAT’s structure, divisions, what they do and who our leaders are.

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

VCAT's President and Vice Presidents lead the tribunal. They set the strategic direction of our organisation. They also make sure we are efficient and take financial care with how we operate. 

By law, our President is a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Thirteen judges from the County Court of Victoria serve as our Vice Presidents, with two working full time at VCAT.

Our Member Advisory Group supports our President and Vice Presidents to make strategic decisions.

Our Board of Management provides our CEO with strategic advice about our operations.

We have five divisions, each led by a Deputy President: 

  • Administrative
  • Civil
  • Human Rights
  • Residential Tenancies
  • Planning and Environment. 

We handle similar types of cases through 'Lists' within each division. List is the name we give to sections of VCAT that hear and decide specific types of cases.

Our Chief Executive Officer oversees the administration leadership team and registry. These administrative teams help the divisions to do their work.

The administrative section of VCAT that accepts documents that are filed with the tribunal and also handles some public enquiries.

Our staff come from diverse backgrounds and provide services including:

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

  • VCAT's President and Vice Presidents lead the tribunal. 

    President

    Justice Michelle Quigley

    Vice Presidents

    Thirteen County Court judges serve as Vice Presidents. 

    For details, see our list of VCAT members.

  • Head of Division - Deputy President Heather Lambrick

    The Administrative Division deals with professional conduct inquiries and applications to review decisions made by government and other authorities.

    It has two Lists:

    • Legal Practice
    • Review and Regulation.
  • Head of Division - Deputy President Cathy Aird

    The Civil Division hears and decides disputes about:

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

    The Civil Division has three Lists:

    • Civil Claims
    • Building and Property
    • Owners Corporations.
  • Head of Division - Deputy President Genevieve Nihill AM

    The Human Rights Division deals with matters about:

    • guardianship and administration
    • powers of attorney
    • medical treatment and advance care directives
    • equal opportunity
    • racial and religious vilification
    • health and privacy information
    • the Disability Act 2006 (Vic)
    • decisions made by the Mental Health Tribunal.

    The Human Rights Division has two Lists:

    • Guardianship
    • Human Rights.
  • Head of Division - Deputy President Teresa Bisucci

    The Planning and Environment Division deals with reviews of decisions made by councils and other authorities.

    It has two Lists:

    • Planning List
    • Environment and Resources List
  • Head of Division - Deputy President Ian Proctor

    The Residential Tenancies Division deals with matters involving:

    • renters (tenants) and residential rental providers (landlords)
    • rooming house operators and residents
    • the Director of Housing and public housing tenants
    • caravan park owners and residents
    • site tenants and site owners.

    It has one List: Residential Tenancies.

  • Chief Executive Officer - Mary Amiridis

    Principal Registrar - Warwick Mitchell

    Director, Operations - Melissa Biram

    Director, Corporate Services - Barbara Oleczek

    Director, Finance and Reporting - Catherine Sim

    Director, Information Technology - Michael Van Der Arend

    Director, People Management - Cheryl Woollard

    The Administrative Executive and Registry provides:

    • registry, listings and customer services
    • people management
    • strategic communications
    • information technology
    • finance and reporting.
  • This group of senior leaders helps our president and vice president to set strategies.

    President (and Group Chair) - Justice Michelle Quigley

    Chief Executive Officer - Mary Amiridis

    Head of Review and Regulation List - Deputy President Heather Lambrick

    Head of Civil Claims List - Deputy President Ian Lulham

    Head of Building and Property List - Deputy President Catherine Aird

    Head of Residential Tenancies List - Deputy President Ian Proctor

    Head of Legal Practice List - Gerry Butcher

    Head of Owners Corporation List - Lindsay Warren

    Head of Human Rights and Guardianship List - Deputy President Genevieve Nihill AM

    Head of Planning and Environment List - Deputy President Teresa Bisucci

    Member Deputy President - Mark Dwyer

    Member (Regional/Metro) - Charlie Powles

    Member (Diversity) - Reynah Tang

    Member (Professional Development) - Leneen Forde

    Member (Sessional) - Rowan Story

  • This group of senior leaders provides our CEO with strategic advice about our operations.
     
    Chief Executive Officer - Mary Amiridis

    Member - Elizabeth Brimer

    Chair, Finance, Risk, Audit & Performance Committee - (position vacant)

    Chair, Service Reform & Delivery Committee - Teresa Bisucci 

    Chair, Workplace & Culture Committee - Anita Smith

    Senior Strategic Adviser - Stuart Moran

    Ex-officio, President - Justice Michelle Quigley