Complaints

If you think you’ve been treated wrongly by a Victorian public organisation, we can see if your problem can be fixed.

Start an online complaint

Who can I complain about?

We can look into:

  • Councils
    • Services, communication, complaint handling, unreasonable actions or decisions
  • Victorian government departments eg
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of Education and Training
    • Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • Victorian government organisations eg
    • WorkSafe Victoria
    • VicRoads
    • Fines Victoria
  • Universities and other tertiary institutions
  • Publicly funded community services
    • Those which receive funding from Victorian public organisations to provide services
  • Prisons
  • Certain professional boards eg
    • Architects Registration Board of Victoria
    • Victorian Legal Services Board

We cannot look into:

  • Private organisations
    • Banking, credit, insurance or superannuation
    • Buying or renting products or services
    • Electricity, gas or water
    • Phone or internet services
    • Legal professionals or lawyers
  • Victoria Police
  • Disputes between individuals
  • Commonwealth government organisations eg
    • Centrelink
    • Australian Taxation Office
    • Services Australia (Child Support)
    • Australia Post
  • Decisions made by courts and tribunals

What is the complaint process?

We deal with most complaints within 30 days. Complaints that are complex can take longer before we make a final decision.

Step 1: Tell us what has happened

We receive your complaint and acknowledge it within 10 business days.

Step 2: We look into your complaint

Many complaints can be fixed by us contacting the relevant organisation.

Step 3: We may look into your complaint further

We'll see if we can resolve your complaint and if not whether we should investigate. We only investigate less than 10% of complaints we receive.

Learn more about the investigation process

Step 4: You receive an outcome

We reach a decision and contact you about the outcome.

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Common complaint topics

Read about common complaint types, our role in cases and browse some related case examples.

Case examples

Read about similar cases to yours and find out how we might handle your complaint.

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Common questions