Apply to review a decision by the Secretary to the Department of Human Services

Under the DisabilityDefinitionA condition that restricts a person's physical or mental capacity to interact in their environment. Disability can be temporary, situational or permanent. Act 2006 VCAT can review decisions made by the Secretary to the Department of Human Services.

We can confirm or modify the decision, or make a new decision.

What we can do

VCAT can review a decision made by the Secretary to the Department of Human Services. The decision may be about:

  • whether or not someone has a disabilityDefinitionA condition that restricts a person's physical or mental capacity to interact in their environment. Disability can be temporary, situational or permanent.
  • whether to include the use of restraint or seclusion in a person's behaviour support plan.

Fees

There are no application or hearingDefinitionThe time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. fees.

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.

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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.

Legislation that applies to this type of case