Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (review)
VCAT can review certain decisions made by the Minister for Agriculture and the Secretary of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994.
This page provides general information and should not be considered as legal advice. Seek legal advice if you are unsure about your legal rights. Be aware that the law can change.
Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 sets out the prevention, monitoring and control of livestock diseases and compensation for losses caused by certain livestock diseases in Victoria.
Cases VCAT can hear
Compensation decisions – outbreak of an exotic disease
You may be able to apply to VCAT for a review of the Minister’s decision if the following two conditions are met:
- you are an owner who made a claim for compensation because of the destruction of any livestock, premises, livestock product, fodder, fittings or vehicle, or the death of any livestock, as a result of an outbreak of an exotic disease
- the Minister directed in writing that part of the compensation will not be paid to you because you have been convicted of an offence which caused or contributed:
- to the spread of that exotic disease; or
- the destruction or death of any domestic livestock related to the claim lodged; or
- the destruction of any premises, livestock product, fodder, fittings or vehicle related to the claim lodged.
Licensing and registration
You may be able to apply to VCAT for a review of a decision of the Secretary if you are a person whose interests are affected by a decision of the Secretary to:
- refuse to grant or renew a licence or registration
- suspend or cancel a licence or registration
- impose or vary conditions, restrictions or limitations on a licence or registration.
Cases we can't help with
We can’t accept:
- some cases where one party lives in another state or is a Commonwealth government organisation
- cases heard under federal law instead of Victorian law.
Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications
Section 65 and 101 of the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994
Documents you need to apply
If you have a decision document, use it to help you complete the VCAT application form and attach a copy of the document to your application.
You must make your application within 28 days of:
- the decision being made, or
- if you have requested a statement of reasons under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act, the date the statement of reasons is given to you or you are informed that a statement of reasons will not be given.
You may be able to apply for an extension to this time limit.
If you apply outside of the time limit, VCAT may extend the time for making an application. You must ask for an extension of time by indicating this on the ‘extension of time’ question of the application form and briefly explaining why your application was late.
VCAT will ask the decision maker if they agree to any extension. If the decision maker does not agree, VCAT may hold a preliminary hearing before deciding whether to grant an extension.
Putting the original decision on hold
In most cases, applying for a review does not put the original decision on hold and that decision stands until VCAT makes its decision.
If you want the original decision put on hold, you must ask for this by indicating you want a ‘stay’ on the application form and briefly explaining why you are seeking a stay.
It may not be possible to put the decision on hold if there would be no practical effect in doing so.
VCAT will ask the decision maker if they agree to any stay. If the decision maker does not agree, VCAT may hold a preliminary hearing before deciding whether to grant a stay.
What can VCAT order?
Unless the relevant Act of Parliament gives us different powers, VCAT can:
- affirm the original decision, in which case the original decision will stand
- vary the decision
- set aside the decision and substitute our own decision
- set aside the decision and send back the matter for reconsideration by the decision maker giving directions or recommendations
- invite the decision maker to reconsider their decision at any time during the case.
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.
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 want 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.
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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.