Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Field of Law

Justice system

Stage of career

Secondary; graduates; practising lawyers

Contact Details

Address: 55 King Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Mailing address: GPO Box 5408, Melbourne Vic 3001
Phone:  9628 9953
Visit the VCAT website
Contact person: Nick Tsirakidis, Acting Staff Development Manager

Description of Tribunal

Since its inception, VCAT's purpose has been to provide Victorians with a low cost, accessible, efficient and independent tribunal delivering high quality dispute resolution. VCAT comprises three divisions.

The Civil Division hears and determines a range of civil disputes relating to:

  • consumer matters
  • domestic building works
  • legal services
  • owners corporation matters
  • residential and retail tenancies disputes
  • sale and ownership of real property, and
  • use or flow of water between properties.

The Administrative Division deals with applications from people seeking review of government and other bodies' decisions that affect them. These include decisions relating to:

  • local council land valuations and planning permits
  • Transport Accident Commission findings
  • State taxation
  • business licences and professional registrations
  • Freedom of Information applications
  • WorkSafe assessments, and
  • disciplinary proceedings across a range of professions and industries.

The Human Rights Division deals with matters relating to:

  • guardianship and administration
  • discrimination
  • racial and religious vilification
  • health and information privacy, and
  • decisions made by the Mental Health Review Board.

Information for secondary schools

Do you have work experience placements for secondary school students?

Yes. The Tribunal accommodates a limited number of secondary school students in the June, July and November months of the year.

Contact person for work experience

Tina Deves, Human Resources Officer
Phone: 9628 9828

Information for university students/graduates

What sorts of positions are available at the Tribunal? (eg Registrar, Associate, Admin)

The Tribunal advertises various positions throughout the year. Administrative and customer service roles may feature predominantly compared to Member support and Registrar roles.

What qualifications are required for the different positions?

Deputy Registrars and Registrars require the Certificate IV in Government (Court Services). There are no qualification requirements for VPS2 or VPS3 staff.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

As a monthly average, between 5 - 6 positions become available.

How many applications do you receive for these?

For each advertised position, the number of applications received will vary and will depend on a number of factors including the role type, month of the year the position is advertised and if the position is ongoing or fixed term.

Where do you advertise your positions?

Vacancies are advertised through the Careers page of the Victorian Government website

Do you use a recruitment agency?

The Tribunal does not use the services of a recruitment agency.

Information for Practising Lawyers

How does one apply to become a Member?

Prospective applicants may apply via an expression of interest. For more information, visit the VCAT Tribunal Appointments page 

What other positions might be available to applicants who have practiced law?

Applicants may elect to become Associates. 

Do you have recruitment of training opportunities for Indigenous applicants?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for positions. The Tribunal also looks at recruiting Koori employees through the YES scheme.
  • The Tribunal is about to embark, over the next 12 months, on creating a support worker role to assist Koori communities.

Contact person for Indigenous applicants:

Tina Deves, Human Resource Officer
Phone: 9628 9828

General advice for applicants

Applicants must adhere to any instructions provided as part of any advertised vacancy i.e. applicants must complete and respond to any key selection criteria as directed to do so.

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