Application to request VCAT conducts an inquiry
Under some Acts of Parliament, VCAT can accept applications from regulatory bodies or other authorities to conduct inquiries into the conduct of licensed individuals or organisations.
Legislation that applies to this case type
- Conveyancers Act 2006
- Estate Agents Act 1980
- Motor Car Traders Act 1986
- Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 1989
- Sex Work Act 1994
Who can apply for an inquiry at VCAT?
Only a regulatory body can apply to VCAT to hold an inquiry. If the inquiry is about your conduct, you will be a party – the respondent – in the case.
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. Be aware that the regulatory body in most cases uses legal representation.
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Need help with your application?
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.