Posted on 10 Oct 2019
A fast-track service for resolving consumer disputes is expanding to Gippsland and the Grampians later this month.
VCAT and the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria are expanding the Fast Track Mediation and Hearing service for eligible disputes up to $5000, making it a state-wide service.
The service involves mediators from both VCAT and DSCV helping people with goods and services disputes reach agreement through mediation. If they can't reach agreement, the matter goes to a hearing on the same day.
From Thursday 24 October, mediations will be held at the Morwell Justice Service Centre, 25 Ann Street, Morwell. Hearings will be at LaTrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court (about four minutes’ walk from the Justice Centre).
From Wednesday 30 October, both mediations and hearings will be conducted at Ballarat Magistrates’ Court.
The Fast Track Mediation and Hearing service is now available in Melbourne, Geelong (Barwon South West region), Warrnambool (South West), Shepparton (Hume) and Bendigo (Loddon Mallee).
It delivers on Access to Justice Review recommendations, to increase access to alternative dispute resolution for small civil claims.
For more information, visit the Fast Track Mediation and Hearing page.