Our guardianship system plays an important role in human rights protection in Queensland. Guardianship gives someone the legal authority to make decisions for another person who does not have the capacity to do so.
The Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (Act) provides for the appointment of guardians and administrators to manage the personal and financial affairs of adults with impaired decision-making capacity.
The act aims to seek a balance between the right of an adult with impaired decision making capacity to maintain an independent role in decision making and their right to adequate and appropriate decision making support.
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Although many parties make informal arrangements to help close relatives who have impairments, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal provides a legal mechanism for appointing guardians and administrators to make certain decisions. The tribunal is an independent authority with the power to protect individuals with impaired decision-making capacity and to appoint guardians or administrators who will act in their interests.
Where can I get further information?
To find out more, please contact our Family Law team.