Reviewing the appointed administrator
The Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 requires QCAT to review the appointment of an administrator. The tribunal conducts reviews in the way it considers appropriate either at an oral hearing or on the basis of written information received without parties in attendance.
Initially, QCAT will request that interested parties provide their views in writing about:
- the actions of an administrator
- any new or relevant information about the adult's circumstances that may affect the appointment.
If QCAT is satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for an appointment to continue, it may either:
- continue the existing QCAT appointment; or
- alter or appoint a new administrator, the QCAT appointment eg, change the terms.
QCAT may only remove an appointed administrator if it considers:
- there is no longer a need for the appointment;
- the guardian or administrator is no longer competent; or
- another person is more appropriate for appointment.
If QCAT is not satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for the appointment to continue, it must revoke the decision and remove the administrator.
QCAT reviews of an administration appointment can be commenced through:
- requested reviews
- periodic reviews
- QCAT-initiated reviews.
The adult or any interested party may apply for a review of the appointed administrator at any time, showing evidence of changed circumstances, new information or concerns regarding the actions of the administrator.
QCAT conducts an automatic periodic review of the appointed administrator usually commenced three (3) months before the QCAT appointment expires. You will receive a letter from QCAT around this time to advise you of how the review will proceed.
Some appointments of administrators will state that the appointment remains current until further order of the tribunal but that the appointment is reviewable and is to be reviewed in so many years. Reviews of these appointments are also commenced three (3) months prior to the specified review period.
QCAT can initiate and conduct a review of any appointment of an administrator at any time. In the majority of cases, QCAT initiates reviews because an administrator has not provided documentation within a certain timeframe, or issues or concerns have been raised about the information contained in the documents submitted.
QCAT’s decision about the review
QCAT can give its decision at the end of the review hearing and set out the terms of the appointment in a written decision. Sometimes the decision will be made at a later date. In this case the decision will be sent to each party who received notice of the review hearing. In certain circumstances parties have the right to appeal the QCAT decision.