When the final hearing is complete, VCAT makes a decision in the case.
Following VCAT's decision
After we make a decision we give an order. We either give the order on the day of the hearing or send it to you afterwards.
The order is a legal document that tells parties how the case has been decided and what action they must take.
All parties must act according to the terms of the order. For example, if we order that a party must make a payment, they must do so by the deadline given in the order. If no date is given for the payment, it must be made immediately.
We will arrange for any physical evidence you presented at the hearing (e.g. tapes, merchandise) to be returned as soon as we can.
Written decisions are published online
When we give written reasons for our decision, we send a copy of the written reasons to the parties. They are also available on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website (AustLii). You can also find some high profile decisions on the VCAT website where a case has attracted significant media interest.
- VCAT practice note - PNVCAT1 - Common Procedures
- VCAT practice note - PNVCAT4 - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- VCAT practice note - PNVCAT2 - Expert Evidence
- VCAT practice note - PNVCAT5 - Directions Hearings and Urgent Hearings
- VCAT practice note - PNVCAT3 - Fair Hearing Obligation
- VCAT practice note - PNVCAT6 - Hearing Fees