Class Action

Public housing class action against the Victorian Government 

The Victorian Government made the decision to ‘retire and redevelop’ all public housing towers by 2051.  Inner Melbourne Community Legal (IMCL) filed a class action against the Victorian Government on 25 January 2024.

What does the class action mean for you?

IMCL has called on the Victorian Government to pause and reconsider its relocation plan. We are asking the Victorian Government to properly consider the human rights of public housing residents, and to make decisions that are compatible with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).

You can read the case documents and summary statement filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria.  

What do you need to do?

Public housing residents can contact IMCL for free legal advice on (03) 9328 1885 or by email at

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Why a class action? 

We are asking the Victorian Government for transparency about the decisions it has made, why the decisions were made, and the impact the decisions will have on your human rights.  The public has a right to know this information. People who live in public housing and whose rights are directly impacted by the government's decisions absolutely have a right to know.   

What happens next?

There will be a case management conference to discuss preliminary issues and establish a draft timetable to resolve the matter.  The Victorian Government will explain its defence, and the lead plaintiff will have an opportunity to respond.  Once the parameters of the claim have been established, public housing residents will be issued with a notice about the options available to them.


Media enquiries can be directed to our Communications Lead, Connie Agius, on (03) 9328 1885.