State Employees Retirement Benefits Act 1979 (review)

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.

VCAT can review certain decision made by the Emergency Services Superannuation Board made under the State Employees Retirement Benefits Act 1979.

Time limits

You must make your application within 28 days after the later of the day on which

  • the decision was made, or
  • if you have requested a statement of reasons under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act, the statement of reasons is given to you or you are informed that a statement of reasons will not be given.

You may be able to apply for an extension to this time limit.

Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications

State Employees Retirement Benefits Act 1979 - section 67(6).

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.

What can VCAT order?

Unless the relevant Act of Parliament 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 remit (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.

Cases VCAT can hear

You may be able to apply to VCAT for a review if you are a person affected by a decision by the Emergency Services Superannuation Board and you have first made a request to the Board to reconsider the decision.

You should read carefully section 67 of the State Employees Retirement Benefits Act 1979.

More about how we resolve your case

Read more about hearings at VCAT, professional representation, access and privacy and communicating with VCAT.