Review a VLSC decision imposing compensation or disciplinary orders

Lawyers may apply to VCAT to review compensation and disciplinary orders such as fines imposed on them by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

Cases VCAT can hear

VCAT can review a decision by the Victorian Legal Services Commissioner to impose compensation orders or fines on a lawyer under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).

We can only review the decision when the application is made by the lawyer.

Cases VCAT cannot hear

We cannot hear a review application brought by the client of the lawyer.


We can explain the application process and what the form is asking you for. Contact us to get support.

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.

Seek legal help if you are unsure about your options or need advice about your claim.

Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?

If you want to be represented by a lawyer or have some other professional representation at the final hearing tell the member at the directions hearing.

The VCAT member who conducts the final hearing grants or refuses permission for you to be represented.

Find legal services that may be able to assist 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.

Organisations that may be able to help you

VCAT can't offer you legal advice. Below are organisations that may be able to help with your case.

Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner

An independent authority that regulates the legal profession in Victoria.

Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)

Advice on the Victorian legal system and how to find a lawyer.