Review a decision of the Victorian Legal Services Board

If the Victorian Legal Services Board makes a decision about you, you can apply to VCAT for a review of their decision.

Examples of what VCAT can review include decisions to:

  • refuse, suspend, cancel, amend or refuse to amend a lawyer's practising certificate or a registration certificate for a foreign lawyer
  • require a legal practitioner to pay the costs of an investigation of their trust accounts.
  • However, VCAT cannot review a decision of the Victorian Legal Services Board to disallow a claim (in whole or in part) against the fidelity fund or reduce the amount of the claim.

Before you apply

Make sure you have a copy of the Board's decision. It will tell you about your right to apply for a review and information about the time limits.


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.

Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?

You may be represented by another lawyer if you wish.

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.