Application to VCAT to make an original jurisdiction decision

Under some Acts of Parliament, the Review and Regulation List A 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 jurisdiction The 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.

Need help with your application?

VCAT cannot give you legal advice. Seek legal help if you are unsure about your legal options. The following services may be able to help you:

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 in most cases regulatory bodies, government agencies and other decision-makers use legal representation.

Find free or low-cost 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. For more about applying for confidentiality.