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Tenancy at VCAT

What is VCAT?

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) was established to provide Victorians with access to 'a civil justice system that is modern, accessible, efficient and cost effective'.  As a result, VCAT can hear many different types of disputes relating to matters such as:

  • Discrimination;
  • Guardianship and Administration;
  • Disability Services;
  • Residential Tenancies; and
  • Consumer Credit.

VCAT hears these different disputes under its specialist 'lists'; for example, residential tenancy disputes are heard under the Residential Tenancies List and guardianship matters are heard under the Guardianship and Administration List.

VCAT is located at 55 King Street, Melbourne.  VCAT also conducts hearings in metropolitan and country locations at the local Magistrates' Courts (i.e. Ringwood Magistrates' Court).  The VCAT office is open between 9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.  For further information, go to www.vcat.vic.gov.au.

 What law governs VCAT?

There are a number of potentially significant pieces of legislation, regulations and practice notes which may affect the operation of VCAT which include:

  1. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (the VCAT Act) and VCAT Rules 2008. The VCAT Act includes important provisions about the jurisdiction and operation of VCAT.
  2. VCAT practice notes: these can be either of general application (ie the fair hearing PN) or relate to the specific list of VCAT (ie the adjournment PN), available here
  3. 'Enabling legislation' which establishes the functions of VCAT in specific jurisdictions are set out under the Acts that relate to each list (ie the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 applies to the Residential Tenancies List)
  4. Regulations which apply to enabling legislation
  5. Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006