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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.
Our vision is to serve the community by resolving disputes in a timely, cost effective and efficient way.
Hearings are conducted at 55 King Street, Melbourne, as well as at a range of venues in suburban and regional Victoria. See the Hearing Locations page for more information.
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.
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 four divisions.
The Civil Division hears and determines a range of civil disputes relating to:
The Residential Tenancies Division handles disputes between:
The Administrative Division deals with applications from people seeking review of government and other bodies’ decisions that affect them. These include decisions relating to:
The Human Rights Division deals with matters relating to: