Before you apply

Before you apply, make sure you are ready to pay any fees that apply to your case type or arrange for fees to be waived. You may also need to take time limits into account. 

You need to be clear about your reasons for taking a case to VCAT. If your matter goes to mediation Mediations are confidential meetings where parties discuss ways to resolve their dispute, with the help of an impartial mediator. , compulsory conference Compulsory conferences are confidential meetings where parties discuss ways to resolve their dispute with the help of a VCAT member. or a hearing The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. , we recommend you prepare your reasons in a written statement and commence gathering your evidence as early as possible.

Case types

Some details of the steps to follow during a VCAT case vary for different case types.
Choose a case type to see any case type specific variations.