Apply for an enforcement order under environment and resources enactments

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 can’t accept some cases where one party lives in another state or is a Commonwealth government organisation.

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Organisations that may be able to help you

VCAT can't offer you legal advice. Below are organisations that may be able to help with your case.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Information on land planning, property and land titles and land administration.

Know Your Council

Find your local council and understand how councils make decisions on planning permits.

Melbourne Strategic Assessment

DELWP's Melbourne Strategic Assessment program manages the impact of urban development on significant vegetation communities, plants and animals.