The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is a government agency in the state of Victoria, Australia. The name is pronounced 'vee-cat'. It is usually referred to as "VCAT" rather than "the VCAT".
The tribunal sits below the Magistrates Court in the court hierarchy.
It resolves disputes and makes executive decisions on behalf of the State Government in a number of miscellaneous areas, each of which is referred for adjudication to the Tribunal by its own separate statute. For each separate area the Tribunal keeps a List of matters to be adjudicated, analogous to a Court List.
VCAT's current lists are:
Civil Claims List (successor to the Small Claims Tribunal)
Domestic Building List
Land Valuation List
Legal Practice List
Occupational and Business Regulations List
Real Property List
Residential Tenancies List (for adjudication of disputes between landlord and tenant)
Retail Tenancies List (for adjudication of disputes between landlord and tenant)
Decisions of the Tribunal can in most cases be appealed on a matter of law to the Supreme Court of Victoria or if the original decision was made by the President or Vice President the appeal goes to the Court of Appeal.
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