Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (review)

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VCAT can review certain decisions of Cemetery Trusts under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003.

Cases we can hear

If you are a holder of a right of interment you may be able to apply to VCAT for a review of a decision of a cemetery trust:

  • to refuse to grant an approval to establish or alter a memorial or a place of interment in the cemetery
  • to grant an approval to establish or alter a memorial or a place of interment in the cemetery subject to terms and conditions.

Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications

Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 – section 179(1).

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 from when:

  • 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.

More about how we resolve your case

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