Settle before a hearing

If you and the other parties come to agreement before VCAT makes a final decision, this is called settlement.

You can even ask us for help to settle at the beginning of the hearing Definition The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. .

Tell VCAT in writing that you have settled the case, as soon as possible before a scheduled hearing, mediation Definition Mediations are confidential meetings where parties discuss ways to resolve their dispute, with the help of an impartial mediator. or compulsory conference Definition Compulsory conferences are confidential meetings where parties discuss ways to resolve their dispute with the help of a VCAT member. .

Settlement is not the same as withdrawing an application.

Confirming a settlement

We review each settlement agreement to ensure it is acceptable and lawful. If so, we confirm the agreement by issuing a consent order. This is called giving effect to the settlement.

Any party Definition A person or organisation directly involved in a VCAT case, including a person or organisation that has brought the case before VCAT or who is defending claims made against them. to a proceeding may request a consent order.

Every party in the case must tell VCAT in writing that they agree to the consent order.

We can make a consent order without a hearing.