​Filming, photography, audio and social media

As a media representative from a news organisation you have certain privileges under the Court Security Act 1980. You can make an audio recording to help write a media report, unless the VCAT memberDefinitionA person who hears and decides cases at VCAT. Some members are specialists in particular areas of law. directs otherwise. Be aware that you could commit an offence if you publish or give that recording to others without the VCAT member’s written permission. Seek legal advice if in doubt.

You must have pre-arranged permission to take photographs, or audio or video recordings inside a VCAT venue, or the entrance to the venue including the steps and forecourt at 55 King Street - unless you are taking photos of documents during a file inspection. To request permission, contact the Strategic Communications team.

Photographs must not be taken of any partyDefinitionA 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. to a proceeding in the Guardianship ListDefinitionA 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. . This applies both within and outside of VCAT venues unless otherwise ordered.

Your mobile must be switched off or on silent at all times inside the hearingDefinitionThe time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. room. You must get the VCAT member’s permission to:

  • make or take phone calls
  • use an electronic device to instantly publish - for example, posts on social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Accredited media are given standing permission for this - see Apply for VCAT media accreditation.

The VCAT member has the final say about using mobile and other electronic devices during a hearing. If you do not comply, you may be asked to leave the hearing room or building. You could also be prosecuted if you have committed an offence.