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Point of Interest

If you have concerns for another person

There are a number of issues to be explored before concerns about someone's welfare translate into the appointment of a guardian or administrator.

Investigators from the Office of the Public Advocate play a vital role in helping to establish the extent of a person's decision-making disability and in determining whether people with a decision-making disability are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

People who have concerns about the physical, financial and psychological well-being of a person with a decision-making disability, or about someone's capacity to make reasoned decisions, are encouraged to contact the Telephone Advisory Service on 1300 858 455.

The Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 states that every adult should be assumed to have capacity to make a particular decision unless it is established that they lack capacity to do so.

When considering a person's capacity to make reasoned decisions, family, friends and neighbours should be aware that making a decision considered to be unwise does not, of itself, mean that the person lacks the capacity to make their own decisions.

Before people make an application to the State Administrative Tribunal for a guardian or administrator to be appointed, a range of complex issues  need to be considered. The Office of the Public Advocate can be contacted to discuss these issues in the first place.

Last updated: 18-Aug-2015

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