Apply for an urgent hearing

If there is an issue in your case that needs to be urgently addressed, you can request an urgent hearing Definition The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. at VCAT.

Apply for an urgent hearing

To apply for an urgent hearing you must:

  • apply to start a VCAT case, if you have not already done so, by filling out the relevant application form
  • apply for an urgent directions hearing Definition A directions hearing is a hearing where a VCAT member decides how a case should be managed and how much time it will take. using the Application for directions or orders form
  • include supporting material like an  affidavit Definition A written statement where the contents are sworn or affirmed to be true. Affidavits mu​st be signed in front of a witness who is an 'authorised person'. or statutory declaration
  • include contact details for all parties and anyone else who might be affected by the application.

If we agree that the matter is urgent, we may organise a hearing at short notice. We may also organise a hearing without all parties or documents being ready. If we organise an urgent hearing without notifying the other parties, we will organise another hearing shortly afterwards and notify the other parties. At the subsequent hearing they may ask us to change any decision that was made.

Communicate with the other parties

If VCAT does organise an urgent hearing, you must try to notify other parties about the time and place as soon as possible.

More information about urgent hearings

For more information about urgent hearings, read VCAT's practice note Definition A document at VCAT that details VCAT procedures, instructions, rules, processes and information. There are practice notes that apply across all of VCAT, for example PNVCAT1 - Common procedures. Some Lists have their own practice notes that provide specific information about processes, procedures…  PNVCAT 5 - Directions Hearings and Urgent Hearings.

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.