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Administrator powers and rights

The decision issued by QCAT states the authority of the administrator, including the:

  • extent of authority e.g. the administrator may be appointed to make some or all financial decisions
  • number of administrators appointed and the nature of the appointment i.e. whether the administrators will make decisions together (jointly) or separately (jointly and severally)
  • duration of the appointment.

Decisions an administrator cannot make

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

There may be some overlap between these roles and the role of an administrator. Administrators should consult any guardian, power of attorney or statutory health attorney about major financial decisions which are likely to affect the lifestyle or health of an adult.

Access to information

When making decisions on behalf of the adult, administrators have the right to access all the information that the adult would have been entitled to.

Administrators are provided with certified copies of the QCAT decision as confirmation of their appointment. This document enables the administrator to access all information from organisations and companies that the adult would have had access to.

Extent of authority

QCAT may appoint you for all financial matters or may specifically detail what matters you are appointed for.

If appointed for all financial matters you are responsible for all financial matters that the adult did, or legally could have conducted, on their own if they had capacity.

If QCAT specifies what you are responsible for, you should ensure that you do not exceed your powers. If this proves unworkable you should contact QCAT to discuss a possible review of your appointment to seek appropriate powers. 

More than one administration

If more than one administrator is appointed the appointment will be made either on a "jointly" or "jointly and severally" basis.

If “jointly”, the administrators are required to make decisions and conduct transactions on a joint basis. All documentation, including bank withdrawals or contracts signed on behalf of the adult must be signed by all administrators.

If “jointly and severally”, each administrator is entitled to make decisions and conduct transactions solely. Documentation, including bank withdrawals or contracts on behalf of the adult can be signed by any one administrator. In saying that all administrators should consult and involve other administrators regarding their decisions.

Length of appointment

QCAT may appoint an administrator for a period of up to five years. QCAT has the option of appointing the Public Trustee of Queensland or a private trustee company as administrator for an indefinite period.

Appointments are reviewed before the end of the appointment or earlier if QCAT considers it necessary. QCAT can also review an appointment if someone has applied for a review because of the actions of an administrator, or if any new or relevant information is provided about the adult's circumstances that may affect the appointment.

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.

Last reviewed
29 August 2014
Last updated
29 August 2014

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