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: