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COVID-19 resources

COVID-19 emergency measures in tenancy law

The Residential Tenancies Act 1997(Vic) (RTA) contains new measures to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health pandemic. The new measures were passed as part of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020(Vic) (COVID-19 Act) on Thursday 23 April 2020. Chapter 4 of the COVID-19 Act:

  1. Inserts new “Part 16 – COVID-19 temporary measures” into the RTA

  2. Brings forward the family violence provisions of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 (Vic) (RTAA rental reforms) (RTA, ss 223A - 233D)

  3. Temporarily brings forward a reasonable and proportionate test for evictions from the RTAA rental reforms1

  4. Delays the introduction of the RTAA rental reforms from 1 July 2020 until 1 January 2021 (COVID-19 Act, s 50)

This Reference Guide (Guide) has been prepared by Justice Connect Homeless Law (Homeless Law) to set out the key new measures in the RTA (noting that unless otherwise stated, all legislative provisions referred to below relate to the RTA).

Updated quick reference guide for non-legal assistance during COVID-19

Justice Connect Homeless Law has created this information sheet to provide secondee lawyers with referral information for your clients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health pandemic. It includes the main frontline services and material aid services that are currently available for people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. 

VCAT phone hearings during COVID-19

Justice Connect Homeless Law has prepared this Reference Guide for secondee lawyers who are doing phone appearances at VCAT during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health pandemic. It is current as at 27 April 2020.

Given COVID-19 continues to develop and evolve, please also ensure that you contact VCAT’s Residential Tenancies List (renting@vcat.vic.gov.au; 1300 018 228) directly to confirm phone and other arrangements for your specific clients’ matters.