Neighbourhood Tree Disputes

The Commission is conducting an inquiry into neighbourhood tree disputes. Submissions have now closed.

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.

The Commission is examining the law governing disputes between neighbours involving trees on private land that cause damage. It reviews current practices in dispute resolution, and considers whether the law should be changed to provide better, fairer ways of resolving these disputes.

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

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


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What are your options when you have a tree dispute? Watch our video to find out what you can do.


If you are involved in a tree dispute, the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria may be able to help you.


20 February 2018: 'Poisonings, uprootings and court stoushes: the toxic world of neighbourhood tree disputes', The Law Report, Radio National

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




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