Disability Act 2006 (review)

This page provides general information and should not be considered as legal advice. Seek legal advice if you are unsure about your legal rights. Be aware that the law can change.

VCAT can review certain decisions about registration as a disability service provider made by the Department Head, Department of Human Services (Secretary) under the Disability Act 2006.

Cases we can hear

You may be able to apply for a review if you are a person or a disability service provider, and a decision has been made by the Secretary to:

  • refuse an application for registration as a disability service provider (under section 40 of the Act)
  • refuse an application for renewal of registration (under section 42 of the Act)
  • revoke the registration of a disability service provider (under section 43(1) of the Act).

A ‘person’ includes a body or association, corporate and unincorporate, and a partnership.

Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications

Disability Act 2006 – section 45(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 .

Choose the application that applies to you:

Apply for an order

VCAT hears and decides applications for orders for people with disabilities under the Disability Act 2006.

Apply to review a decision

Under the Disability Act 2006 VCAT can review decisions made by the Secretary to the Department of Human Services.

More about how we resolve your case

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