What is VCAT?
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (known as VCAT) deals with some legal issues in Victoria. This includes where someone needs a VCAT guardianship order or a VCAT administration order or there is a VCAT dispute.
While you don’t have to be represented by a lawyer when going to VCAT, there are specific processes that need to be followed that can be confusing to understand. Our experienced VCAT lawyers can explain the processes and represent you in front of VCAT.
If an adult is unable to make reasonable decisions for themselves they may need a VCAT guardianship order. Perhaps they have a disability, injury or illness that affects their ability to exercise good judgement about their lifestyle.
A VCAT guardianship order is where someone is appointed to make decisions for the adult about their lifestyle. This may include decisions about where they live, what they eat, medical treatments they receive and what they do day to day.
This is often required if there is no power of attorney in place. A person who is concerned for the adult’s welfare can make a guardianship application in Victoria for VCAT to review. While you don’t need a lawyer to ask for a VCAT guardianship decision, our lawyers can help you understand the complex process and prepare the necessary paperwork.