Neighbourhood Tree Disputes

Project Status:

Tabled in parliament

Start Date:

08/06/2017

Tabled in Parliament Date:

27/11/2019

Reference

As part of our Community Law Reform Program, the Commission inquired into neighbourhood tree disputes. Specifically, we examined the laws governing disputes between neighbours of private land involving trees that cause damage. All current practices in tree dispute resolution came under our review, which also considered whether laws should be changed to provide better, fairer ways of resolving such disputes. (Note that we did not consider disputes about trees on public land or disputes about trees that block sunlight and views.)

Initiated in June 2017, the inquiry produced, after initial research, a consultation paper, from which 38 public submissions were received. All are available via the links below.

Tabled in Parliament on 27 November 2019, the Commission’s final report made 63 recommendations. You can read or download the full report below (pdf and Word) or in summary form (pdf and Word).

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Neighbourhood Tree Disputes

Trees can sometimes cause disputes between neighbours. What can you do if you have a disagreement about a tree? The Victorian Law Reform Commission is reviewing the law. Includes comments from the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.

Project Stage

  • Terms of reference received
  • Submissions and consultations
  • Submissions closed
  • Final Report
  • Tabled in parliament

Publications

Publication Date

12/11/2019

Tabled in Parliament on 27 November 2019, the Commission’s final report made 63 recommendations. Read More
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Tabled in Parliament on 27 November 2019, the Commission’s final report made 63 recommendations. Read more
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Tabled in Parliament on 27 November 2019, the Commission’s final report made 63 recommendations. This is a summary of the key recommendations. Read more
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The Commission received the following submissions. Read more