Applications about natural resources

VCAT can hear and determine disputes about the management and use of water and earth resources such as rock and sand. For example, disputes about:

  • licences to take and use water from a river or stream, soak or spring, or water from under the ground under section 64 of the Water Act 1989
  • licences for works to construct a bore, dam or waterway under section 83 of the Water Act 1989
  • licences for underground disposal by use of a bore under section 83 of the Water Act 1989
  • a work plan or work authority for an extractive industry section 77TI of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.

For all other matters

VCAT also deals with a range of other matters about: 

  • the management of water, waterways and water related infrastructure and services under the Water Act 1989
  • notices, compensations or administrative matters under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990
  • requirements and decisions about compensation made under the Petroleum Act 1998. 

For information about applications under these acts, learn how to make another type of environment and resources application.

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, 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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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.

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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.

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