Meat Industry Act 1993 (review)

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VCAT can review certain decisions made by the Victorian Meat Authority in relation to meat processing facility licences, buildings used for meat processing, approved inspection services and suitability to conduct a quality assurance audit under the Meat Industry Act 1993.

Cases we can hear

You may be able to apply to VCAT for a review if you are a person whose interests are affected by a decision of the Authority to:

  • refuse an application for the grant or renewal of a licence
  • impose a condition or restriction when granting or renewing a licence
  • vary, suspend or cancel a licence
  • refuse to approve an alteration or addition to a part of a building used for a meat processing facility under Division 1 of Part 5
  • refuse to approve a person or body to be an approved inspection service
  • impose or vary a restriction relating to the suitability of persons to conduct a required audit of a quality assurance program of a declared facility.

Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications

Meat Industry Act 1993 - section 24(1).

If you have a decision document, use it to help you complete the VCAT application form and attach a copy of the document to your application.

You must make your application within 28 days after the later of the day on which

  • the decision was made, or
  • if you have requested a statement of reasons under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act, the statement of reasons is given to you or you are informed that a statement of reasons will not be given.

You may be able to apply for an extension to this time limit.

What can VCAT order?

Unless the relevant Act of Parliament gives us different powers, VCAT can:

  • affirm the original decision, in which case the original decision will stand
  • vary the decision
  • set aside the decision and substitute our own decision
  • set aside the decision and remit (send back) the matter for reconsideration by the decision maker giving directions or recommendations
  • invite the decision-maker to reconsider their decision at any time during the case.

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