Application to VCAT to make an original jurisdiction decision
Under some Acts of Parliament, the Review and Regulation List of VCAT has the power to hear cases under 'original jurisdiction ' 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
- Accident Towing Services Act 2007
- Local Government Act 1989
- Owners Corporation Act 2006
- Working with Children Act 2005
- Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005
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.