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Administration for adults

Administration for adults matters

An administrator is a person appointed by QCAT to assist adults with impaired decision-making capacity by making certain financial decisions on their behalf. This makes sure that the adult’s needs are met and their financial interests are protected.

Generally, administrators are given the authority to make decisions on behalf of the adult such as:

  • buying or selling property
  • maintaining property
  • paying bills
  • making business decisions
  • managing investments.

Administrators are not allowed to make decisions about personal or health care matters, unless:

  • they have also been appointed as a guardian for the adult; or 
  • they are their attorney for personal matters under an enduring power of attorney; or
  • if there is no formalised appointment and they are acting as the adult’s statutory health attorney.

If the adult can communicate their views and wishes, administrators should take these into account when making any decisions.

Descriptions of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website are general information only. They do not definitively describe the types of applications on which QCAT can make decisions. The relevant legislation determines QCAT's jurisdiction. If you are unsure about your legal rights, you should seek legal advice. Your individual circumstances should guide any actions taken to resolve your dispute.

What's the difference?

What's the difference between a guardian and an administrator? Find out in this video produced with Carers Queensland.

We cannot provide legal advice

As part of an independent tribunal, QCAT registry staff cannot provide legal advice.

Registry staff can explain and answer questions about how QCAT works and its processes.

Registry staff cannot help with:

* whether or not you should submit an application
* whether your application is under the correct jurisdiction
* if you should lodge an appeal or a counter-application
* recommending a specific lawyer to assist you
* how to word your application, supporting documents or what to say at a proceeding
* contacting a QCAT member or adjudicator directly
* predicting likely outcomes of a case or appeal
* helping you to prepare your case
* advising what orders/decisions you should seek
* enforcing an order or decision of the tribunal
* advising exact timeframes for resolution of a matter – this depends on your individual matter.

Last reviewed
19 April 2017
Last updated
19 April 2017

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