Veterinary Practice Act 1997 (review)
VCAT can review certain decisions made by the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board or by a panel appointed by the Board under the Veterinary Practice Act 1997.
Cases we can hear
You may be able to apply to VCAT for a review if you are a person affected by a decision to:
- refuse registration, refuse to endorse registration or refuse to renew registration
- impose conditions, limitations or restrictions on registration
- a decision of the Board to suspend a registration if, within a reasonable time of the decision to suspend, the Board has not instituted an investigation into the professional conduct or ability to practise of the person suspended.
You may be able to apply to VCAT for a review if you are a person affected by:
- a finding or determination made by a panel at a formal hearing under Part 3 of the Act but you must seek VCAT's leave to apply for a review if no final determination has been made at the hearing.
Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications
- Section 55 of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997
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.
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 giving directions or recommendations
- invite the decision-maker to reconsider their decision at any time during the case .
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.
Find free or low-cost legal services that may be able to assist you.
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. The following services may be able to help 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.