Guardianship for adults
A guardian is a person QCAT appoints to help an adult with impaired decision making capacity. The guardian ensures the adult’s needs are met and interests are protected by making certain personal and health care decisions on their behalf.
Generally, guardians can be given the authority to make decisions for the adult such as:
- where they live
- what support services they receive
- with whom they have contact or visits
- general health care matters
- the approval of containment and seclusion in certain limited circumstances
- the approval of chemical, physical or mechanical restraint
- restricting access to objects
- other day-to-day issues.
Guardians are not permitted to make decisions about:
- financial or property matters unless they have also been appointed as the adult's administrator or as attorney for financial matters under an enduring power of attorney
- special health care matters including sterilisation or tissue donation
- special personal matters including making or revoking a will, consenting to marriage or relinquishing a child for adoption.
If an adult can communicate their views and wishes, guardians should take these into account when making any decisions.
If you have been appointed as a guardian, you can find out more information about the guardianship process and requirements by contacting the Office of the Public Guardian.