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 advise 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 inform the person appointed about your intentions.
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, please complete and lodge:
Review of guardian appointment
Use this form to request a review of a guardianship appointment.
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, neglect or self-neglect by the adult).
Use this form to apply for a range of matters not covered in other forms including resigning as guardian or attorney.
Research and experimental health care
Use this form to apply to conduct special medical research on an adult with impaired capacity.
Use this form to apply to conduct experimental health care on an adult with impaired capacity.
Use this form to apply to conduct clinical research on an adult with impaired capacity.
What happens next?
Once your application and forms are received, QCAT will review the information you provided and contact you about 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.
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.