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Cite as: (2003) 77(10) LIJ, p.15

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has introduced reforms to its Planning and Environment List designed to shorten delays.

The reforms include the establishment of a practice day each Friday to deal with urgent appeal matters and the implementation of a prompt hearing procedure which will deal with minor appeals not involving objectors within eight days.

The Planning and Environment List will widen its stream of work to include all appeals by objectors and will have matters listed sooner after receipt of the appeal to reduce the delay before hearing.

Developers who require priority to facilitate an early listing will be able to quicken the process by having their own planning consultant provide information to VCAT.

VCAT president Justice Stuart Morris said the reforms were aimed at shortening delays, which he described as a “persistent problem which infects all land-use planning systems”.

Justice Morris said he hoped the reforms would reduce the average time taken to determine matters in the Planning and Environment List by 20 per cent over the next 12 months.

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