New Oakleigh venue officially open

Posted on 25 Feb 2020

Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy has officially opened VCAT’s new venue in Oakleigh. 

: Justice Quigley, Attorney-General Jill Hennessy and VCAT Chief Executive Mary Amiridis at the opening of VCAT’s new Oakleigh venue


 
Oakleigh is VCAT’s first metropolitan venue specifically designed to meet the needs of people using the tribunal’s services.

Opening the venue on 24 February 2020, Ms Hennessy said that it would enhance access to justice for the community.
 
By transforming two levels of an existing venue at 20 Atherton Road, VCAT now has greater capacity to handle more cases.
 
The new venue has a welcoming environment, featuring:

  • VCAT’s first Koori hearingDefinitionThe time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. room
  • technology that supports digital evidence presentation and video conferencing
  • remote witness facilities to support vulnerable users, and
  • space for support services, including areas for private discussions.

VCAT is using the venue to help Victorians with cases about:

  • renting
  • goods and services
  • guardianship
  • owners corporations, and
  • planning and environment.

It's part of a plan

This new venue is part of a strategic plan to establish several dedicated VCAT venues in metropolitan Melbourne. Hearings formally held at the Moorabbin Justice Centre and Springvale Council Chambers will now be held at Oakleigh.

More information

Take a virtual tour of VCAT's future Oakleigh venue.

Read the Attorney-General’s media release.