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Guardianship for adults

Guardianship for adults matters

A guardian is a person appointed by QCAT to help adults with impaired decision making capacity by making certain personal and health care decisions on their behalf. This makes sure that the adult’s needs are met and their interests are protected.

Generally, guardians can be given the authority to make decisions on behalf of the adult such as:

Guardians are not permitted to make decisions about:

  • financial or property matters unless they have also been appointed as the adult's administrator or as attorney for financial matters under an enduring power of attorney
  • special health care matters including sterilisation or tissue donation
  • special personal matters including making or revoking a will or consenting to marriage or relinquishing a child for adoption.

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

Guardianship Information Service

If you have been appointed as a guardian, you can find out more from the Office of the Adult Guardian's Guardianship Information Service (GIS). The GIS is a free service which can help understand more about the guardianship process and requirements.

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
9 November 2011
Last updated
24 September 2012

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