VCAT fee changes – submissions close Fri Feb 15th

If you haven’t already done so you may want to consider an objection to the fees changes on grounds such as this will deny natural justice to the community, and encourage expansion of developer practice to drag out hearings with pro-applicant “experts” etc.  Notable given almost any apartment building is over $1m and therefore a major case, whereas previously it was $10m
Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 15 February 2013.
 http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/home/the+justice+system/regulatory+impact+statements/ris+for+proposed+vcat+fees+regs
Email submissions are preferred and can be sent to legalpolicysubmissions@justice.vic.gov.au with the subject ‘VCAT Fee Regulations’.
 The fee for lodging a basic planning appeal would more than triple from $322 to $1000 and many people would have to pay for mediation which is currently provided free of charge.

Major cases (now >$1m) over multiple days would be hit with

— a new case fee of $3,257.80

— pay $3,226 per day plus a further $1,834.40 per day for the need to have 2 members hearing.

For example your group could have to pay about $23k to fight at a  four day Hearing…

 VCAT Development Appeals Getting Further out of Reach.   MEG Submission to the VCAT Fee Review

EDO VCAT fees to rise, ordinary citizens to be priced out

3 Responses to “VCAT fee changes – submissions close Fri Feb 15th”

  1. Rosa Miot says:

    VCAT must be affordable to ensure residents can be heard.
    This increase is unfair and unjustified

    thankyou

  2. Joseph Chan says:

    I strongly object VCAT fee changes as citizens on ordinal income cannot afford to fight big developers in VCAT.

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