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Who can apply for the appointment of an administrator

Family members, close friends, professionals or anyone who has a genuine and continuing interest in the welfare of an adult with impaired decision making capacity can apply for an administrator to be appointed. Adults with impaired decision making capacity can also apply on their own behalf.

Appointees must be over 18 years of age and not a paid carer for the adult. A paid carer performs services for the adult’s care and receives remuneration other than a carer payment or benefit from the Commonwealth or State Government.

Sometimes there is no one close to the adult who is willing to accept the responsibility. Or the complexity of the decisions to be made require the appointment of an administrator with the necessary skills and experience in these matters. There may also be a dispute about who should act as an administrator or concern about the suitability or competence of a proposed administrator. In these situations, QCAT may appoint the Public Trustee of Queensland or a private trustee company to act on the adult’s behalf.

QCAT can appoint administrators on the following basis:

  • a single administrator to make decisions either on all financial matters or on a specified financial matter only, such as selling the adult’s family home
  • more than one administrator, giving each administrator specific decision making authority. Each administrator then has the authority to make decisions on a different financial matter
  • two or more administrators to make financial decisions together or to make financial decisions separately on behalf of the adult
  • on a successive basis, where the appointment of the same administrator continues for another five years.

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
25 May 2017
Last updated
25 May 2017

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