(1) Subject to subsection (2), the following persons may refuse on behalf of a Victorian court or tribunal to accept for filing or lodgment an application for leave to proceed, if not satisfied that the application is materially different from a previous application made by the applicant—
(a) in the case of the Supreme Court—the Prothonotary; or
(b) in the case of the County Court—the registrar of the County Court; or
(c) in the case of the Magistrates' Court—the principal registrar of the Magistrates' Court; or
(d) in the case of the Children's Court for an application that relates to intervention order legislation—the principal registrar of the Children's Court; or
(e) in the case of VCAT—the principal registrar of VCAT; or
(f) in the case of VOCAT—the principal registrar of VOCAT.
(2) The Victorian court or tribunal may direct the relevant person referred to in subsection (1) to accept an application for leave to proceed.