​When to expect VCAT's decision

In some cases, the VCAT memberDefinitionA person who hears and decides cases at VCAT. Some members are specialists in particular areas of law. makes a decision at the end of the hearingDefinitionThe time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. and explains the reasons verbally. This is called giving oral reasons for a decision.

Sometimes it is not possible to make a decision at the hearing. In these cases, we try to make the decision within six weeks of the final day of the hearing. Some decisions take longer, for example if the matter is complex.

See how long a VCAT case takes.

For details about how and when to apply for written reasons, where to find published decisions and what to expect from a VCAT order, see VCAT decisions and orders.

VCAT decisions with written reasons are published on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website (AustLii).