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
Phone:  8685 1481
Visit the VCAT website
Contact person: People & Culture Team
Email: People.VCAT@courts.vic.gov.au

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.

Contact person for work experience

People & Culture Team - People.VCAT@courts.vic.gov.au

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

Yes – school trips

No – speakers to schools

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate clerkship program? (involving practical legal training and admission to practise)

No however the Tribunal advertises various positions throughout the year that may be suitable for graduates.

What are you looking for in a graduate?

This is dependant on the job role in question; please refer to advertised job description for further details.

Qualifications/skills required

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

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

This is dependant on the job role in question. Our job descriptions will confirm any favourable electives/areas of study

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

This is dependent on the job role in question. Our job descriptions will confirm any favourable work/volunteer work

How many graduates do you take a year?

Unable to confirm

How does one apply:

Vacancies are advertised through the Careers page of the Victorian Government Website - https://careers.vic.gov.au/

Dates for application:

Positions are advertised throughout the year

Do you require your applicants to be recent law graduates? If so, how recent?

No

Interview process:

Varies

Do you have a minimum Grade Point Average standard for an applicant’s academic record?

No

If there are any fails on a candidate’s academic record how will they affect the recruitment process?

Applications are considered in its entirety and outcomes are not solely based on grades

Information for Practising Lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

This is dependant on the job role in question; please refer to advertised job description for further details.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

This is dependant on the job role in question; please refer to advertised job description for further details.

Where do you advertise your positions?

Vacancies are advertised through the Careers page of the Victorian Government Website - https://careers.vic.gov.au/

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