Neighbourhood Tree Disputes

The Commission is conducting an inquiry into neighbourhood tree disputes.

The inquiry is part of the Commission's Community Law Reform program. In accordance with section 5(1)(b) of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic), the Commission has the power to initiate inquiries into legal issues of general community concern, provided they are limited in size and scope.

For this inquiry, the Commission will examine the law governing disputes between neighbours involving trees on private land that cause damage. It will examine current practices in dispute resolution, and consider whether the law should be changed to provide better,  fairer ways of resolving these disputes.

The Commission will not consider disputes about trees on public land, or disputes about trees that block sunlight and views.

See the link below for links to the consultation paper and the complete terms of reference.

 

You can contribute to the review in several ways:

 

Survey

If you have been involved in a tree dispute (personally or professionally) and would like to share your experiences, please take our 5-minute survey.

 

Submissions

If you would like to comment on the issues raised in the consultation paper, or options for reform, submissions are open until 28 February 2018. 

Please feel free to send a submission by post or email, or answer the questions using the online form.

 

Consultations

Consultations will take place  in early 2018. The Commission will report by 9 May 2019.

 

Updates

If you would like to receive updates on this project, please subscribe to our e-newsletter on the Contact Us page.

 

Videos

Have you been involved in a dispute with a neighbour about a tree? What are your options when you have a tree dispute? Watch our video to find out what you can do.

Latest articles

Rooting out conflict over trees by Karin Derkley. Law Institute Journal (online) 19 December 2017

Turning over a new leaf. (2018) 92 Law Institute Journal

Neighbourhood tree disputes - have your say. Everyday-Law blog 30 January 2018

 

 

Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Consultation paper

The Commission published Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Consultation Paper on 15 December 2017.  You can also view an html version. Submissions...

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Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Quiz

How much do you know about the law of neighbourhood tree disputes? take our quiz and test your knowledge. More information about neighbourhood tree...

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Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Answers to quiz

1. Answer: False. A tree is the property of the person who owns the land it grows on. Generally speaking, if you own the tree then you may deal with...

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Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Consultation Paper (html)

The Commission published Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Consultation Paper on 15 December 2017.  Navigate through this document using the menu on the...

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Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Terms of Reference

Matter initiated by the Commission pursuant to section 5(1)(b) of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic) on 8 June 2017. The Victorian...

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