Understand the difference between a decision and an order at VCAT. Find out when to expect a decision from VCAT, how to enforce an order, how to ask for a rehearing and search decisions.
Decisions and orders
After we listen to both sides of a dispute at VCAT, we make a decision and give reasons. We also make an order. Find out how to ask for written reasons and about the different types of orders we can make.
Enforce a VCAT order
If the other party in your dispute does not follow the order that VCAT has given, you can enforce it through a court. We do not enforce a decision or order.
Reviews and rehearings
If you or your representative had a reasonable excuse for not attending the hearing, you can apply to have the case reopened. This is called a rehearing.
Appeal a decision
You can appeal a VCAT decision at another court if you think that we made a mistake in the way we applied the law to your dispute.
VCAT decisions are public and can be read by anyone. You can search for decisions on the Australiasian Legal Information Institute (Austlii) website.
High profile decisions
If a decision has been in the media, or we think it is important, we may publish it on our website. Read our recent high profile decisions.
Fix a mistake in a VCAT order
If the order you get from VCAT has a mistake in it, you can ask us for a correction order. Mistakes we can fix include incorrect spellings or missing information.
Decisions in planning disputes
Learn more about how we make a decision in a planning dispute at VCAT.
Decisions about rental disputes
You may find it useful to read about decisions made by VCAT and the Supreme Court in rental disputes.