VCAT

If you are aggrieved by a professional or licensing decision made by a regulatory body, you may have the right to apply for a review of that decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

A review hearing is not an appeal against the original decision. On the hearing of a review, VCAT stands in the shoes of the original decision-maker and will hear and determine the matter afresh.

In some cases, VCAT may be responsible for hearing and determining certain matters at first instance.

Our firm represents clients seeking to review decisions by the following bodies:-
  • Business Licensing Authority in relation to a number of occupations including estate agents and motor car traders;

  • Victorian Taxi Directorate concerning driver accreditation, taxi licences and commercial passenger vehicle licences;

  • Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) involving health practitioners including doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists and Chinese medicine practitioners;

  • Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board;

  • Victorian Institute of Teaching;

  • Director of Liquor Licensing or Victoria Police concerning licenses to sell alcohol;

  • Negative Notices issued under the Working with Children Act 1985;

  • Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

We also have extensive experience acting on behalf of members of the legal profession in relation to applications by the Legal Services Commissioner under the Legal Profession Act 2004 concerning the professional conduct of lawyers.