Administration for adults
An administrator is a person QCAT appoints who can make certain financial decisions on behalf of an adult with impaired decision making capacity. This makes sure that the adult’s needs are met and their financial interests are protected.
Generally, administrators are given the authority to make decisions such as:
- buying or selling property
- maintaining property
- paying bills
- making business decisions
- managing investments.
Administrators are not allowed to make decisions about personal or health care matters, unless:
- they have also been appointed as a guardian for the adult; or
- they are their attorney for personal matters under an enduring power of attorney; or
- there is no formalised appointment and they are acting as the adult’s statutory health attorney.
If the adult can communicate their views and wishes, administrators should take these into account when making decisions.