When applying to start a case

We have separate application forms for all the types of cases we deal with.

There is usually a fee to apply to VCAT. In some cases of financial hardship, you may be able to apply for fee relief. Read more about fees at VCAT.

To find the correct application form, get started by selecting the case type related to your matter.

Changing your application

If you want to change your application, for example to add more information or change the amount you are claiming, you will need to write to VCAT and quote the reference number we give you when you apply. Send any documents that support why you want to make the change.

You may be allowed to change your application before the final hearing The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. . If we accept the request we send you an order that confirms the change. We may list A List is an area in VCAT that deals with cases of a similar nature. For example, the Residential Tenancies List decides cases between tenants and landlords, and the Civil Claims List handles disputes about buying or selling goods and services. your request for a directions hearing A directions hearing is a hearing where a VCAT member decides how a case should be managed and how much time it will take. to consider whether to allow the requested change. 

If your case involves another party 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. , they may tell us why we should not allow the change. If this happens we may tell you to come to a directions hearing to discuss the change.

Changing contact details

You must provide your current contact details on the application form. If your contact details change, you must notify us in writing immediately. 'In writing' can be by post or email. 

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.