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What VCAT does

What VCAT can't do

Organisations that may help

Legal and professional representation

Legal help and advice services

Our fair hearing obligation

Residential tenancy cases

Before you apply

Common residential tenancy issues and section numbers

When to send notices

After you apply

Respond to an application

Join a VCAT case

How to access documents in a residential tenancy case

Residential tenancy applications involving bond, compensation or pets

Goods and services disputes

Before you apply

After you apply

Respond to an application

Join a VCAT case

Guardians and administrators

Before you apply

Other things we can help with – Guardians and administrators



Supportive guardians and administrators

After you apply

Account by Administrators (ABA)

Types of guardianship and administration orders

Respond to an application

Join a VCAT case

When there's a VCAT application about you

How we make decisions

Access to documents in a case about guardians and administrators

Planning disputes

Before you apply

After you apply

Respond to an application

Get involved in a VCAT case

Fast Track cases

Major cases

Short cases

Amended plans

In-person proceedings for planning, land valuation and environment and resources

Owners corporations disputes

Before you apply

After you apply

Respond to an application

Join a VCAT case

Building and construction disputes

Before you apply

After you apply

Respond to an application

Join a VCAT case

Retail and commercial leases

Review and regulation

Application for review of a decision

Accident Towing Services Act 2007

Adoption Act 1984

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992

Architects Act 1991

Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008

Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012

Biological Control Act 1986

Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996

Building Act 1993

Business Licensing Authority Act 1998

Bus Safety Act 2009

Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003

Children's Services Act 1996

Child Employment Act 2003

Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005

Children Youth and Families Act 2005 (Child Welfare Matters)

Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Act 2017

Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013

Conveyancers Act 2006

Country Fire Authority Act 1958

Dairy Act 2000

Dangerous Goods Act 1985

Disability Act 2006

Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018

Domestic Animals Act 1994 - businesses

Domestic Animals Act 1994 - dangerous dog declarations

Domestic Animals Act 1994 - restricted breed dogs

Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 - low THC cannabis

Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 - poppy cultivation

Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010

Education and Training Reform Act 2006

Electoral Act 2002

Electricity Safety Act 1998

Emergency Management Act 1986

Emergency Services Superannuation Act 1986

Equipment (Public Safety) Act 1994

Essential Services Commission Act 2001

Estate Agents Act 1980

Firearms Act 1996

Fire Rescue Victoria Act 1958

Fire Rescue Victoria (Firefighters Registration Board) Regulations 2022

Fisheries Act 1995

Freedom of Information Act 1982

Fundraising Act 1998

Gambling Regulation Act 2003

Gas Safety Act 1997

Health Complaints Act 2016

Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Vic) Act 2009

Health Services Act 1988

Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act 2013

Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018

Liquor Control Reform Act 1998

Livestock Disease Control Act 1994

Local Government Act 1989 and 2020

Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018

Major Events Act 2009

Marine Safety Act 2010

Meat Industry Act 1993

Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022

Motor Car Traders Act 1986

Non-Emergency Patient Transport and First Aid Services Act 2003

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007

Owners Corporation Act 2006

Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation Act 1968

Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010

Pipelines Act 2005

Port Management Act 1995

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

Private Security Act 2004

Professional Boxing and Combat Sports Act 1985

Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019

Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008

Racing Act 1958

Radiation Act 2005

Rail Safety (Local Operations) Act 2006 and Rail Safety National Law

Relationships Act 2008

Road Management Act 2004

Road Safety Act 1986

Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2021

Seafood Safety Act 2003

Second-Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 1989

Sentencing Act 1991

Service Victoria Act 2018

State Employees Retirement Benefits Act 1979

State Superannuation Act 1988

Superannuation (Portability) Act 1989

Surveying Act 2004

Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010

Therapeutic Goods (Victoria) Act 2010

Tourist and Heritage Railways Act 2010

Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983

Transport Accident Act 1986

Transport (Safety Schemes Compliance and Enforcement) Act 2014

Transport Superannuation Act 1988

Veterinary Practice Act 1997

Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996

Victoria State Emergency Service Act 2005

Victorian Energy Efficiency Act 2007

Victoria State Emergency Service Regulations 2006

Victorian Plantation Corporation Act 1993

Wildlife Act 1975

Worker Screening Act 2020

Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013

Zero and Low Emission Vehicle Distance-based Charge Act 2021

Application to refer a matter to VCAT

First Home Owner Grant and Home Buyer Schemes Act 2000

Small Business Commission Act 2017

Taxation Administration Act 1997

Unclaimed Money Act 2008

Application to request VCAT conducts an inquiry

Application to VCAT to make an original jurisdiction decision

Vexatious Proceedings Act 2014

Co-owned land and goods

Unreasonable flow of water between properties

Powers of attorney

Before you apply - Powers of attorney

After you apply – Powers of attorney

Respond to an application – Powers of attorney

Join a VCAT case - Powers of attorney

Medical Treatment and Advance Care Directives

Seek advice about medical treatment for someone

Challenge a medical treatment decision

Review of an advance care directive

Challenge a decision about a medical research procedure

Voluntary assisted dying

Mental health

Disability Act (Human Rights List)

Apply for an order under the Disability Act

Review a decision under the Disability Act 2006

Equal Opportunity

Resolve a dispute about unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation or vilification

Apply for an exemption

Apply to revoke an exemption

Apply about a gender equality matter

Land valuation

Review of a decision on the valuation of land

Compensation on acquisition of an interest in land

Review of differential rating

Environment and resources disputes

Applications about natural resources

Applications about protecting the environment

Application for a declaration under environment and resources laws

Apply for an enforcement order under environment and resources laws

Make another type of environment and resources application

Traditional owners and Aboriginal heritage

Apply for an enforcement order under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010

Cultural heritage management disputes

Compensation for native title

Privacy and health records

Review of a decision by the Patient Review Panel

Review a public health order made by the Chief Medical Officer

Health records complaints

Information privacy complaints

Legal practice

Dispute legal costs or seek compensation

Review a VLSC decision imposing compensation or disciplinary orders

Review a decision of the Victorian Legal Services Board

Disciplinary charges against a lawyer

Disqualify someone who is not a lawyer

Revoke a disqualification order

How to respond to a VCAT case

Apply to join someone as a party

The VCAT process

When VCAT starts a case

When VCAT starts a case – Planning disputes

When VCAT starts a case – Land valuation

How to communicate with VCAT and other parties

How long a VCAT case takes

End a case by dismissal or strikeout

Hearings 'on the papers'

Settle before the hearing

Consent orders

Consent orders – Planning disputes

Mediations and compulsory conferences


Compulsory conferences

Fast track mediation and hearings - Goods and services

Types of hearings


Urgent hearings

Directions hearings

Practice day hearings

Preliminary hearings

Prepare to come to VCAT

Prepare for the hearing

Apply for confidentiality

Prepare evidence

Witnesses and witness statements

Summons a witness

Expert reports

Prepare your submission for the hearing – Planning disputes

When things change

If you can't come to VCAT

Change your hearing date (adjournment)

Change or withdraw your application

Withdraw your application – Planning disputes

On hearing day

On hearing day – Guardians and administrators

Photography, recording, mobile phones and electronic devices

What to expect after the hearing


Concessions and fee relief


Decisions and orders

Enforce a VCAT order

Reviews and rehearings

Appeal a decision

Significant decisions

Fix a mistake in a VCAT order

Decisions in planning disputes

Upcoming hearings

Privacy and access to information at VCAT

Privacy at VCAT

View a VCAT file

Recordings and transcripts of VCAT hearings

Apply for confidentiality

About VCAT

Our members

Our structure

Our commitment to you

Feedback and complaints

Complaints policy

Annual reports and strategic plan

Careers at VCAT



Media centre

Media reporting

Find out VCAT case details

Get a copy of a VCAT decision

Attend a VCAT hearing or other proceeding

Filming, photography, audio and social media

Other languages

Greek – Ελληνικά

Vietnamese - tiếng Viet

Italian - Italiano

Farsi - فارسي

Chinese (simple) –中文简体

Chinese (traditional)-中文繁體

Arabic - عربي

Help and support

VCAT hearings during coronavirus restrictions

Emergency assistance

Rental disputes about bond, compensation or pets

Application help

How to pay VCAT fees

Applications in progress

Respond to an application or VCAT notice

Help with your hearing

Support services at VCAT

Disability support

Family violence support

Koori support


What to do when things change

About VCAT decisions and orders

Your privacy and access to information

Help with legal advice

Submit your Account by Administrators (ABA)

Online applications and passwords

Contacts and locations

Melbourne (55 King Street)

Melbourne (414 La Trobe St)

Bendigo Law Courts






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