Appeal a VCAT decision

VCAT decisions can only be appealed at the Supreme Court of Victoria on a question of law.

You must apply for permission to appeal a VCAT decision. This is called seeking leave If you hear or see the words 'seek leave' at VCAT it usually means 'ask permission'.   to appeal.

  • To appeal a decision made by a VCAT member who is a judge of the Supreme Court or County Court, you must seek leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal.
  • To appeal a decision made by any other VCAT member A person who hears and decides cases at VCAT. Some members are specialists in particular areas of law. (who is not a judge of the Supreme Court or County Court), you must seek leave to appeal from the Supreme Court.

There are time limits for seeking leave and starting an appeal. You must seek leave to appeal within 28 days of the decision and order being made. But the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal may extend or shorten this time limit.

If you intend to appeal a decision, seek legal advice or get assistance from the Supreme Court's Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator as soon as VCAT makes the decision.