Removing an appointed guardian

Automatically revoking a guardian’s appointment

The appointment of a guardian will end if:

  • the guardian becomes a paid carer or health provider for the adult
  • the guardian was married to the adult when the appointment was made and the marriage is dissolved
  • the guardian dies
  • the adult dies.

Removal of a guardian

Guardians can be removed when:

  • the adult’s needs have not been met according to QCAT's decision
  • the guardian has neglected their duties or abused their decision making authority, either generally or for a specific matter
  • the guardian has otherwise contravened the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000
  • the need for a guardian no longer exists
  • the guardian is no longer competent to act as a decision maker
  • another person is more appropriate to be the adult’s guardian
  • they no longer wish to act.

Withdrawal of a guardian

If a guardian wishes to withdraw from their role, an application must be made to QCAT. The tribunal must then give the guardian permission to withdraw. Only when this permission is given does the appointment and therefore the responsibilities of being a guardian finish.

Apply for leave to withdraw as guardian.

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.