VCAT fee rises

The Brunswick Residents Network has made a submission to the Department of Justice objecting to proposed fee rises for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which will make it more expensive to lodge and prosecute an appeal over planning decisions.

According to the Environment Defenders Office (EDO): “Objectors in most planning disputes will be hit by fee increases from $322 to over $1000 just to get their matter listed. Then hearing fees of between around $370 and $1800 a day could be charged on top of that.”

“Fee increases would rise under the proposal by an average of 56% and up to more than 2500% in the maximum case.”

For more background, see the EDO briefing paper outlining details of the changes and the effects of the fee increase.

 

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