Make another type of environment and resources application

VCAT can deal with a range of disputes about the use, development or management of natural resources or the protection of the environment.

Other than those listed on other pages of this website, you can apply to VCAT for a review of a decision under the:

  • Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 about land management notices or land use conditions (section 48 of the Act)
  • Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Act 2021 (sections 178 of the Act)
  • Water Act 1989 – that is not otherwise listed as an application about natural resources
  • Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 about variations or termination of land management co-operative agreements (section 76 of the Act)
  • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 about habitat conservation orders (sections 33 and 36 of the Act)
  • Melbourne Strategic Assessment (Environment Mitigation Levy) Act 2020
  • Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 – other than section 88 (referred to as an application about compensation on acquisition of an interest in land) or matters about extractive industry (referred to as an application about protecting the environment)
  • Petroleum Act 1998
  • Plant Biosecurity Act 2010 (sections 48 and section 59 of the Act)
  • Radiation Act 2005 – applications to review the Secretary’s decision (under section 101 of the Act) about the issuing of an improvement or prohibition notice (under section 90A of the Act).  

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.

Submit Statement of Grounds online


We can explain the application process and what the form is asking you for. Contact us to get support.

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.

Seek legal help if you are unsure about your options or need advice about your claim.

Make an application

You may have to pay a fee with your application. Read more about fees at VCAT and how to apply for fee relief.

If you have any difficulties with applying online, contact us on 1300 01 8228 and select 5.

Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?

You may have legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT (such as a lawyer, relative, or some other person). In Environment and Resources cases you do not need to have VCAT's permission to be represented.

Find legal services that may be able to assist you.

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

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 Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)

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

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