Victoria State Emergency Service Act 2005
VCAT can review some limited decisions made by the Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria State Emergency Service Authority about compensation for property loss or damage under the Victoria State Emergency Service Act 2005.
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.
The Victorian State Emergency Service Act 2005 established the Victoria State Emergency Service Authority to manage the Victoria State Emergency Service and makes amendments to several other Acts related to emergency services.
Cases we can hear
You may be able to apply to VCAT for a review if you are a member or probationary member affected by a decision of the Chief Executive Officer regarding compensation for property loss or damage while:
- engaged in authorised activity in or outside Victoria
- training or practising for such activity
- travelling to or from any place where such authorised activity is occurring.
VCAT also has the power to review disciplinary decisions made by the Victorian State Emergency Service Authority under the Victoria State Emergency Service Regulations 2006.
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 49(4) of the Victoria State Emergency Service Act 2005
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 requested a statement of reasons under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act, the date the statement of reasons was given to you or you were informed that a statement of reasons will not be given.
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.
What can VCAT order?
Unless the Act 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.
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.
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 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.
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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.