ABOUT THIS FORMVCAT can make orders if legislation gives us the power. Use this form if you are applying for an order to resolve a dispute, for a declaration, for an enforcement action or wish to refer a matter to VCAT for determination under one of the following Acts of Parliament:
 
  • Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994
  • Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990
  • Climate Change Act 2017
  • Petroleum Act 1998
  • Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987
  • Plant Biosecurity Act 2010
  • Environment Protection Acts 1970 and 2017
  • Water Act 1989 (all sections except section 19)
  • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Do not use this form if you are seeking a review of a decision made under one of these Acts. To apply for a review, use our Application form for a review of a decision (Environment and resources).
WHICH ACT ARE YOU APPLYING UNDER?
WHO IS MAKING THIS APPLICATION?
IS SOMEONE REPRESENTING YOU?
WHO ARE YOU MAKING AN APPLICATION AGAINST?
OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES
ORDER YOU ARE SEEKING

State precisely what you want VCAT to do so the respondent/s understand what you want VCAT to do and we know how urgent your application is. Orders you can seek are limited by the relevant Act of Parliament. If you are using this form as an application for a declaration, state the declaration/s you seek.

REASONS FOR THE APPLICATION

Enter a short statement providing the reasons you are making this application. This is called your statement of grounds. For some types of applications, the basis for making your application is limited by the relevant Act of Parliament. Refer to the Act to ensure your grounds for applying are relevant.

PRESENTING YOUR CASE

We usually schedule a practice day hearing (a type of procedural hearing) to determine how your application might proceed before the final hearing. This may include estimating how long the hearing may take, witnesses that might be called and other procedure matters.

To assist with managing your case, you need to tell us how much time you will need to present your entire case at a hearing. This includes time for any experts or other witnesses you will rely on to give evidence and be cross examined. Practice Note PNVCAT2 explains the role of expert witnesses, go to www.vcat.vic.gov.au/expertevidence.


31. How much time will you need to present your entire case at a hearing? *
Estimate the time you need to present, including time needed by any expert witnesses you will call.

HEARING ASSISTANCE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
ABOUT VCAT FEES

VCAT fees are charged according to three levels:

  • corporate fees for businesses and companies with a turnover of more than $200,000 in the previous financial year, corporate entities and government agencies.
  • standard fees for individuals, not-for-profit organisations, and small businesses and companies with a turnover of less than $200,000 in the previous financial year. Companies must provide a statutory declaration to support this claim.
  • concession fees for people who hold the Australian Government Health Care Card. You must provide a copy of your card with your application. We do not accept Pensioner Concession Cards or Department of Veteran Affairs health cards.

    Health Care Card Sample

    To find out if you need to pay an application fee and how much it costs, go to www.vcat.vic.gov.au/fees.

  • FEE RELIEF
    WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

    If you have provided your email address, you will shortly receive an email from us with instructions about next steps including how to make payment (if applicable). If you have not provided an email address and payment is required, VCAT will contact you by telephone about making payment.

    After we receive your application and open a VCAT case, we will send you and all other parties an order setting out what happens next, including dates to come to VCAT. The order will tell you the venue, time and date you must go to VCAT.

    The order will also have your VCAT reference number. The number starts with ‘P’ and ends with the year the application was lodged (eg. P1/2020). Quote the reference number in all correspondences and documents about your case.

    Contact us if you do not hear from us within two weeks of submitting your application.

    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

    You are not required to include any supporting documents with your application. But you may wish to attach copies of documents that provide any relevant background. We will tell you if we require any other documents later.

    Need Help?

    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. 

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