Applying to VCAT for your bond
To apply to VCAT complete the general application form asking for your bond back and attach your bond receipt. The steps on this page will help guide you on how to make your application.
You have 14 days to make your VCAT application from the day your tenancy ends. There is no time limit on putting in a claim to the RTBA.
Bond applications to VCAT are free and there is generally no threat of legal fees when attending the Tribunal.
Applications for compensation
If you want to also apply to VCAT for compensation because if there were problems during your tenancy, you can make that application at the same time, but you may have to pay an application fee. You have six years from the loss or damage to apply for compensation. See our page Compensation for renters.