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Guardian powers

QCAT’s guardianship order details the guardian’s authority including the:

  • duration of the appointment
  • extent of authority, for example, the guardian may be appointed to make some or all personal and health care decisions
  • number of guardians appointed and the nature of the appointment, that is, whether the guardians will make decisions together or separately.

Decisions a guardian cannot make

Guardians are not allowed to make decisions about financial matters unless they have also been appointed as the adult's administrator or as attorney for financial matters under an enduring power of attorney.

Access to information

Guardians have a right to access all the information that the adult would have been entitled to when making a decision about a matter.

Appointed guardians are provided with copies of the QCAT order which they can show as evidence of their role, to make sure organisations and companies provide the information necessary for the guardian to make sound decisions.

Payment and reimbursement

Appointed guardians are entitled to reimbursement from the adult for any reasonable expenses incurred while acting as a guardian. However, they may not be paid for services. For example, if the guardian drives the adult to the shops, they are entitled to reimbursement for motor vehicle costs such as petrol but not for the time it took to drive them there.

Guardianship Information Service

If you have been appointed as a guardian, you can find out more about the process and requirements from the Guardianship Information Service.

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
26 May 2017
Last updated
26 May 2017

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