Service Victoria Act 2018 (review)
This page provides general information and should not be considered as legal advice. Seek legal advice if you are unsure about your legal rights. Be aware that the law can change.
VCAT can review decisions made by Service Victoria under the Service Victoria Act 2018 about electronic identity credentials.
A user needs an electronic identity credential to make an online transaction from Service Victoria's website.
Cases we can hear
We can review decisions by Service Victoria to:
- refuse to issue an electronic identity credential
- cancel an electronic identity credential
- refuse to renew an ongoing electronic identity credential
- refuse to increase the level of assurance of an ongoing electronic identity credential (the degree of confidence achieved that a person is who they claim they are).
Cases we can't help with
We can’t accept some cases where one party lives in another state or is a Commonwealth government organisation.
Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications
Section 40 of the Service Victoria Act 2018
Documents you need to apply
Attach a copy of Service Victoria's decision to your application.
You must make your application within 28 days of being notified of Service Victoria's decision.
You may be able to apply for an extension to this time limit.
What can VCAT order?
- 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.
We can explain the application process and what the form is asking you for. Contact us to get support.
We cannot give you legal advice. This means we cannot tell you what to write in your application or recommend how to get the outcome you want.
Seek legal help if you are unsure about your options or need advice about your claim.
Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?
You do not need to have legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT. If you wish to be represented by a lawyer or a professional advocate, usually you must ask for VCAT's permission.
Be aware that the regulatory body in most cases uses legal representation.
Find legal services that may be able to assist you.
Access and privacy
VCAT hearings and files are usually public.
VCAT has limited authority to restrict who can access cases and files but, in certain circumstances, you can apply for confidentiality.