Apply for an enforcement order under environment and resources laws
VCAT has the power to determine an application to enforce a Forestry and Carbon Management Agreement under the Climate Change Act 2017.
If the matter is about breaches or potential breaches of a land use agreement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, find out how to apply for an enforcement order under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010.
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We cannot give you legal advice. This means we cannot tell you what to write in your application or recommend how to get the outcome you want.
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Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?
You may have legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT (such as a lawyer, town planner, relative, or some other person). In Environment and Resources cases you do not need to have VCAT's permission to be represented.
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How to respond to an application you have received notice about
If you believe your interests will be affected by an application made by another person, you can participate in the case if you received notice about it.
To participate, you must submit a statement of grounds within the time limit stated on the notice of the application.
What’s a statement of grounds?
A statement that explains your position in a case, and whether you agree or disagree with the issues raised in an application.
The statement should briefly explain why you're contesting the environment and resources case at VCAT.
When submitting a statement of grounds, you can select your level of participation in the case:
- You can come to the hearing and present your case (fees apply); or
- You can choose to have no further involvement. Your written submission will be considered by VCAT, but you will not be a party and receive any further communication about the application or VCAT's final decision.
Access and privacy
VCAT hearings and files are usually public.
VCAT has limited authority to restrict who can access cases and files but, in certain circumstances, you can apply for confidentiality.
Legislation that applies to this type of case