VCAT hearings to be held via phone

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) yesterday announced it will begin conducting hearings via telephone due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

‘In the interests of public safety and in an effort to implement social distancing measures, VCAT has moved to conducting hearings by telephone. As a result, VCAT venues will be closed to the public until further notice.

‘No face-to-face hearings have been scheduled for Wednesday 18 March 2020, and all non-critical matters have been adjourned for the time being. Residential Tenancies and Guardianship matters (and a small number of other critical matters) will be heard by telephone.

‘We are working hard to expand the range of matters that can be heard by telephone as soon as possible,’ the announcement noted.