Application by a caravan park resident or caravan park owner

If you are a caravan park resident or caravan park owner or operator you can apply to VCAT to decide a dispute.

The law defines a caravan park owner as a person who owns or partly owns a business which operates a caravan park.

A caravan park is an area of land where movable dwellings can stay if payment is made. A movable dwelling is a residence designed to be transported from one location to another, such as a caravan.

A caravan park resident is a person who stays in a caravan park with the caravan park owner’s written consent or has lived in the caravan park for at least 60 consecutive days.

Cases VCAT can hear

VCAT can hear disputes between caravan park residents and caravan park owners.

Cases VCAT cannot hear

VCAT cannot hear disputes between caravan park residents and other caravan park residents, or disputes between caravan park owners and other caravan park owners.

Notices you must attach to your application

When you make your application you must attach the correct notices or we will not be able to process your form.

Caravan park residents

Under some sections of the Act, if you are applying to the Residential Tenancies ListDefinitionA List is an area in VCAT that deals with cases of a similar nature. For example, the Residential Tenancies List decides cases between tenants and landlords, and the Civil Claims List handles disputes about buying or selling goods and services. as a caravan park resident you must attach the relevant prescribed document. Check the listDefinitionA List is an area in VCAT that deals with cases of a similar nature. For example, the Residential Tenancies List decides cases between tenants and landlords, and the Civil Claims List handles disputes about buying or selling goods and services. below.

  • section 187, order declaring park rules unreasonable – attach copy of caravan park rules
  • section 209, compensation or compliance order – attach copy of breach of duty notice given under section 208
  • section 321B, challenge the validity of notice to vacate – attach copy of notice to vacate
  • section 191(1), non-urgent repairs – attach copy of the report from Consumer Affairs Victoria
  • section 215B(4), compensation for caravan park closure – attach a copy of notice to vacate

If you are applying about your bond under section 416(1), you should attach your bond receipt if you can.

Caravan park owners

If you need to determine compensation to pay residents for a caravan park closure, you must provide a copy of the notice to vacate.

For other types of applications, you can find examples of notices and supporting documentats you need to attach.

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. Be aware that the regulatory body in most cases uses legal representation.

For renting cases, most landlords are represented by an estate agent. If you are a tenant and your landlord is represented by their real estate agent, you are automatically entitled to professional representation.

When your dispute is about regaining possession of a rental property, you do not need permission from VCAT to be legally represented.

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Need help with your application?

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. The following services may be able to help 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