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Administration for adults

From 1 July 2014 the Office of the Public Guardian replaced the Office of the Adult Guardian. The Public Guardian takes on all the Adult Guardian’s responsibilities for protecting the rights of vulnerable adults with impaired capacity to make their own decisions.

Administration for adults matters

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

Any description of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website is general information only and is not intended to precisely define the types of applications that QCAT has the power to decide. QCAT's jurisdiction is determined by the relevant legislation. If you are unsure about your legal rights you should seek legal advice. Any actions taken to resolve your dispute should be determined by your individual circumstances.
Last reviewed
28 August 2014
Last updated
11 March 2015

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