Surveying Act 2004 (review)

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VCAT can review certain decisions made by the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria or by a panel appointed by the Board under the Surveying Act 2004.

Cases we can hear

You may be able to apply to VCAT for a review if you are a person whose interests are affected by a relevant decision, finding or determination made by the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria, or by a panel appointed by the Board.

VCAT can review:

  • a decision to refuse your application for registration or renewal of registration
  • a decision to impose, amend, vary or revoke conditions, limitations or restrictions on your registration
  • a finding or determination made at a formal hearing Definition The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. under Part 3 of the Act a formal hearing into the professional conduct of a licensed surveyor.

You may need to seek leave from the Tribunal to apply for a review: if a finding has been made at a formal hearing, but no final determination has been made, an application for review can only be made with the leave of VCAT.

Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications

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.

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.

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 Definition A person who makes or has made a decision under legislation that gives them this authority. giving directions or recommendations
  • invite the decision-maker to reconsider their decision at any time during the case .

More about how we resolve your case

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