VCAT hearings during coronavirus restrictions

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have changed the way we hear cases so we can continue to provide this essential service to the Victorian community.

Important

VCAT is still accepting applications that fall within our jurisdiction. Existing application time limits are still relevant.

Stage 4 restrictions

All Victorian courts and tribunals, including VCAT, are 'Permitted Work Premises' during the new business and industry Stage 4 restrictions. VCAT will remain open to hear urgent and priority cases.

All VCAT hearings are held by phone or videoconference. Cases that are currently listed over the next six weeks have been decided by the President to be urgent or priority cases and will be held.

VCAT will let parties know if there is any change to their case. Unless we tell you, you should assume your case will go ahead according to any notices or information that you have previously been given – there is no need to contact VCAT to check on your case.

Hearings listed on or after 18 May 2020

From 18 May, VCAT will only conduct hearings – where it is possible for them to proceed – using phone or videoconference. If we decided that your case can only proceed face-to-face, it will be postponed (adjourned) to a later date.

VCAT will contact parties to confirm whether they will attend on the scheduled date either by phone or videoconference.

The technology used will depend on the requirements of the matters such as their length, complexity and the number of parties.

Matters that can be decided ‘on the papers’ will continue to be determined in that way.

Mediations conducted by VCAT mediators will resume.

Find out how to join a videoconference

Email all documents before your hearing

Any documents you will use in your phone or videoconference hearing, must be emailed to VCAT and all parties 48 hours before your hearing to avoid your hearing being delayed.

If your hearing has been postponed

Where possible, matters previously adjourned as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be rescheduled for hearing, if they can proceed using telephone or videoconference. We are managing the backlog of cases.

VCAT will contact parties to advise new dates to attend VCAT.

For more information contact us: on 1300 01 8228 or visit Today's hearings for case times.

What happens if you miss your hearing

VCAT will inform you of your allocated hearing time in advance. If you cannot make this time you should request a change of hearing date. If you miss the hearing for your case, the member may make a decision and create orders in your absence.

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