Submissions can range from brief verbal statements to detailed written submissions supported by expert evidence. Each person must make a decision on the nature and extent of their own submissions.

Written submissions are not compulsory, but they are the most common and the preferred form of presentation to VCAT.

A written submissionDefinitionA document that sets out your side of a case or dispute. It should be sent to all parties. Depending on the type of case it will be your responsibility or ours to send the submission to all parties. helps you to organise the case which you wish to present to VCAT. Reading from your written submission is simple, stress free, and effective. A person making a submission will not ordinarily be cross examined by other parties, although we may ask questions of you.

Written submissions are also helpful to VCAT, particularly when we may be making and writing a decision some time after the hearingDefinitionThe time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. .

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.