Application for a declaration under environment and resources enactments
VCAT has the power to make declarations or an order some environment and natural resources enactments. A declaration can determine the meaning or effect of provisions in an act, notice, licence, permit or the like. A declaration or order may also be used to decide whether a decision made by the original decision-making authority is valid.
You may apply under the following planning and environment enactments:
- Section 305A of the Water Act 1989
- Section 37 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
- Section 36D of the Environment Protection Act 1970
- Section 48A of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994
- Section 69 of the Climate Change Act 2017
In some cases, declarations can only be made by a presidential member of VCAT. In other cases declarations can only be made by either a presidential member or another member who is a lawyer.
Time limits do not apply to an application for a declaration relating to the environment.
Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?
You may have a legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT (such as a lawyer, town planner, relative, or some other person). In Planning and Environment cases you do not need to have VCAT's permission to be represented.
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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.