In a VCAT case, the general rule is that each party bears its own costs. This means that there is no automatic right to costs, even if you are the successful party.

You can apply for the following costs and fees under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (‘VCAT Act’):

  • costs you have incurred in participating in a proceeding (under section 109 of the VCAT Act)

  • reimbursement of fees you have paid in a proceeding (under section 115B of the VCAT Act).

  • costs you have incurred in participating in a proceeding in a circumstance where the application is withdrawn (under section 74 of the VCAT Act)

  • compensation from the applicant for any costs, expenses, loss, inconvenience and embarrassment resulting from a proceeding in a circumstance where the Tribunal makes an order summarily dismissing or striking out all or any part of the proceeding (under section 75 of the VCAT Act)

(Note: The VCAT Act contains exceptions to the use of section 109 and section 115B. Before making an application, please check the Act to determine whether these exceptions apply in your circumstances).


If you have any questions about completing this form, contact our Customer Service team: 

  • Email admin@vcat.vic.gov.au 

  • Call 1300 01 8228 (1300 01 VCAT) between 9 am and 4.30 pm Monday to Friday  

  • Go to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Ground Floor, 55 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. 


For a copy of VCAT’s privacy statement, go to www.vcat.vic.gov.au/privacy


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