When we make a final decision on your case, we also give the decision to you in writing on the same day or send it to you several weeks after the hearing .
We must give reasons for our final decision to the parties. These reasons may be given verbally or in writing.
If you receive a verbal reason for a decision, you can request it in writing.
For residential tenancy cases and claims under $10,000 heard under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012, you will need to ask for written reasons before or at the time a decision is made.
For all other cases, you will need to request the reasons in writing within 14 days of having received the verbal reasons.
Find a decision
VCAT decisions with written reasons are also published on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website (AustLII).
We only publish high profile decisions for a short period of time on our website when it has attracted significant media interest.
Journalists who want a copy of a decision not available on AustLII or our website can apply to get a copy of a decision.
To learn more about the types of orders that can be made, see VCAT decisions and orders.
When do we make a decision?
Find estimates on how long a VCAT case may take and why others might take longer.
Decisions and orders can be made even if you miss your final hearing. If you have a good reason for missing the hearing, you may apply for a review and rehearing.
What if I do not agree with a VCAT decision?
VCAT decisions are final and must be followed by all parties. The only exceptions are when one of the following applies: