Make another type of environment and resources application
VCAT can deal with a range of disputes about the use, development or management of natural resources or the protection of the environment.
You can apply to VCAT for a review of a decision:
- under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 about land management notices or land use conditions (section 48 of the Act)
- under the Water Act 1989, not otherwise listed as an application about natural resources
- under the Environment Protection Act 1970, not otherwise listed as an application about protection of the environment
- under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 about variations or termination of land management co-operative agreements (section 76 of the Act)
- under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 about habitat conservation orders ( sections 33 and 36 of the Act)
- under the Melbourne Strategic Assessment (Environment Mitigation Levy) Act 2020
- under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990, other than matters about extractive industry referred to as an application about protection of the environment
- under the Petroleum Act 1998
- under the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010 (sections 48 and section 59 of the Act).
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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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
- Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994
- Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987
- Environment Protection Act 1970
- Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
- Melbourne Strategic Assessment (Environment Mitigation Levy) Act 2020
- Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990
- Petroleum Act 1998
- Plant Biosecurity Act 2010
- Water Act 1989