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

Under the  Disability An impairment or combination of impairments – physical, neurological, or acquired brain injury. To be defined as a disability, the impairment would be permanent, result in significantly reduced capacity to communicate, move around or manage day-to-day activities and require ongoing support. 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 disability
  • whether to include the use of restraint or seclusion in a person's behaviour support plan.


There are no application or hearing The 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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VCAT cannot give you legal advice. Seek legal help if you are unsure about your legal options. 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. For more about applying for confidentiality.

Legislation that applies to this type of case