Disability Act (Human Rights List)

VCAT makes orders and reviews decisions under the Disability Act 2006 as part of our Human Rights List 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. .


In general terms 'disability' means an impairment or combination of impairments – physical, neurological, or acquired brain injury. To be defined as a disability, the impairment would be permanent, result in significantly reduced capacity to communicate, move around or manage day to day activities and require ongoing support.

In general terms, 'intellectual disability' means significant limitations in learning, reasoning and problem solving as well as everyday social and practical skills. These limitations originate before the age of eighteen. Check section 3 of the Act for precise definitions of disability and intellectual disability.