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Application process

Before making an application

To appoint an individual as a guardian, you must be able to demonstrate to QCAT that there is a specific need for the appointment and that the existing arrangements for decision making are inadequate. Before you lodge an application you:

  • should notify the adult concerned about what you intend to do
  • must check whether the adult has given anyone power under an enduring document such as an enduring power of attorney. Before you lodge the application you should tell the person appointed by the adult under the enduring document about what you intend to do.

If an adult is being harmed and may not be able to report it, contact the Office of the Public Guardian.

Making an application

Appointment of a guardian

To apply for the appointment of a guardian complete and lodge:

Form 10 - Application for administration/guardianship appointment or review - Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (PDF, 443.8 KB)

AND

Report by medical and related health professionals - Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (PDF, 579.8 KB)

Review of guardian appointment

Use this form to request a review of a guardian appointment.

Form 10 - Application for administration/guardianship appointment or review - Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (PDF, 443.8 KB)

Interim order

Use this form to make an application for an interim order if there is an immediate risk of harm to the health or welfare of the adult concerned (including because of the risk of abuse, exploitation or neglect of or self neglect by the adult.

Form 54 - Application for interim order - Guardianship and Administration Act 2000

Other matters

Use this form to apply for a range of matters not covered in other forms including resigning as guardian or attorney.

Form 12 - Application for miscellaneous matters - Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (PDF, 724.1 KB)

Research and experimental health care

Use this form to apply to conduct special medical research on an adult with impaired capacity.

Form 13 - Application for approval to conduct special medical research - Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (PDF, 502.9 KB)

Use this form to apply to conduct experimental health care on on an adult with impaired capacity.

Form 14 - Application for approval to conduct experimental health care - Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (PDF, 503.4 KB)

Use this form to apply to conduct clinical research on an adult with impaired capacity.

Form 16 - Application for approval to conduct clinical research - Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (PDF, 380.0 KB)

What’s next?

Once your application and forms have been received, QCAT will review the information you provided and contact you about the next steps.

Fees and allowances

There is no fee to make an application for guardianship matters. However a fee is payable if you wish to appeal QCAT's decision. Allowances may also need to be paid to witnesses.

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
1 July 2014
Last updated
7 October 2015

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