Applications relating to natural resources

VCAT hears and determines disputes relating to the management and use of water and mineral resources such as ores, rocks and sands. For example, disputes about:

  • licences to take and use water from a river or stream, or water from under the ground under section 64(1) of the Water Act 1989
  • licences for works on a bore, dam or waterway under section 83(1) of the Water Act 1989
  • a work plan or work authority in respect of a quarry or the like under section 77TI(1) of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.

Applications to do with unreasonable flow of water between properties

If there is an unreasonable flow of water onto your property or someone interferes with the reasonable flow of water onto your property, and this causes you to suffer loss or damage, you can make an application to us to claiming compensation or seeking an order requiring the other person to do something to stop the unreasonable flow of water or interference. These cases are heard and decided by the Building and Property List Definition A List is an area in VCAT that deals with cases of a similar nature. For example, the Residential Tenancies List decides cases between tenants and landlords, and the Civil Claims List handles disputes about buying or selling goods and services. as applications to do with Unreasonable flow of water between properties.

Extension of time to apply

Under section 126 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998, VCAT can extend the time to apply. We can extend the time by which you must make an application to VCAT – if it is reasonable to do so and if extending time would not cause any prejudice or detriment to a party Definition A person or organisation directly involved in a VCAT case, including a person or organisation that has brought the case before VCAT or who is defending claims made against them. or potential party that cannot be remedied by an appropriate order for costs or damages.

Complete and submit the Application for an extension of time form to apply for more time to lodge an application.

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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. For more about applying for confidentiality.

Legislation that applies to this type of case