Refer a matter to VCAT

Under some Acts of Parliament, VCAT can accept referrals from regulatory bodies, boards or panels to hear and decide cases about the professional conduct of individuals or from government agencies to hear and determine objections to certain decisions.

This page provides general information and shouldn't be considered as legal advice. Seek legal advice if you're unsure about your legal rights. Be aware that the law can change.

Legislation that applies to this case type

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.

Who can refer a matter to VCAT?

Only a representative of a regulatory body, panel, board or government agency can refer a matter to VCAT. They may refer a matter on their own initiative or at the request of the person who is the subject of the matter. If you want a matter referred to VCAT, you must make your request directly to the relevant regulatory body, board or panel. If the referral is about your conduct or your matter you will be a party – respondent - to the application.


We can explain the application process and what the form is asking you for. Contact us to get support.

We can't give you legal advice. This means we can't 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.

Make an application

If you request a government agency to refer a matter to VCAT, you will have to pay the application fee. In all other cases, the regulatory body, panel, or board pays the fee.

Learn more about fees or apply for fee relief.

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Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?

You don't 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.

Find legal services that may be able to assist 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.