What to expect after the final hearing

When the final hearing is complete, VCAT makes a decision in the case.

Following VCAT's decision

After we make a decision we give an order. We either give the order on the day of the hearing or send it to you afterwards.

The order is a legal document that tells parties how the case has been decided and what action they must take.

All parties must act according to the terms of the order. For example, if we order that a party must make a payment, they must do so by the deadline given in the order. If no date is given for the payment, it must be made immediately.

We will arrange for any physical evidence you presented at the hearing (e.g. tapes, merchandise) to be returned as soon as we can.

Written decisions are published online

When we give written reasons for our decision, we send a copy of the written reasons to the parties. They are also available on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website (AustLii).

You can also find some high profile decisions on the VCAT website where a case has attracted significant media interest.

Related topics

  • If you or your representative had a reasonable excuse for not attending the hearing, you can apply to have the case re-opened. This is called a rehearing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • If you or your representative had a reasonable excuse for not attending the hearing, you can apply to have the case re-opened. This is called a rehearing.