Application for review of a decision
The Human Rights List can hear and decide applications to review a decision by a third party.
Review public health orders made by the Chief Medical Officer
A public health order is generally made about a person who has an infectious disease where there is a serious risk to public health. VCAT can be asked to review a public health order made by the Chief Health Officer. Make this application under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
Review of a decision made by the Patient Review Panel
VCAT can hear applications for review of certain decisions made by the Patient Review Panel. Make this type of application for review under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008.
Responsibilities of the decision maker
When we receive an application for review of a decision made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 or the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 the decision maker must lodge with us:
- a statement of reasons for that decision
- other documents they consider relevant to the review of the decision.
This a requirement under section 49 of the VCAT Act. Sometimes we refer to these materials as the section 49 statement.
Need help with your application?
VCAT cannot give you legal advice. Seek legal help if you are unsure about your legal options. The following services may be able to help you:
Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?
You do not need to have legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT. If you wish to be represented by a lawyer or a professional advocate, usually you must ask for VCAT's permission.
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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. For more about applying for confidentiality.
Legislation that applies to this type of case
Cases VCAT can hear
VCAT can review:
- public health orders made by the Chief Medical Officer
- some decisions made by the Patient Review Panel.
When we know that all parties have received a copy of the application we schedule a directions hearing, where a VCAT member sets out a timetable for what will happen leading up to the final hearing. All parties must attend the directions hearing. They can attend in person or may have a lawyer or other representative appear on their behalf. Learn more about steps when VCAT opens a case.