55 King Street, Melbourne
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, commonly referred to as VCAT, deals with a wide range of everyday legal disputes. These include disputes about:
- legal practice
- mental health
- owners corporations (formerly known as bodies corporate)
- the purchase and supply of goods and services.
VCAT also hears disputes between people and local or state governments, including:
- planning and land valuation
- business licences
- state taxation
- decisions made by the Transport Accident Commission
- decisions made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
VCAT encourages people to settle their disputes before the matter reaches a hearing by attending mediation or a compulsory conference. If either party is unhappy with a VCAT decision, they can appeal to the Supreme Court. However, you can only appeal a decision if the tribunal has made a mistake in the way it has applied the law, 'questions of law', not about the factual aspects of the case known as 'questions of fact.'
VCAT is located in central Melbourne and also sits at various locations across metropolitan and regional Victoria.