Application to VCAT to make an original jurisdiction decision

Under some Acts of Parliament, the Review and Regulation 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. of VCAT has the power to hear cases under 'original jurisdictionDefinitionThe authority of a court or tribunal to hear matters brought before it. ' as well as review jurisdiction. Original jurisdiction means VCAT is the first instance decision-maker under the Act.

Legislation that applies to this case type

Name the Act in your application

When you complete the Application for Order form include the name of the relevant Act.

Before you apply

Make sure VCAT has the power to hear your application. If you have received a letter from a decision-maker read the letter carefully – the application you need to make may be an application for review.

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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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.

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.