Last updated 5 December 2016. This chapter is under review.
Impaired Decision-making Capacity
Powers of Attorney
General Powers of Attorney
Enduring Powers of Attorney
Advance Health Directives
Statutory Health Attorney
Duties of the Attorney
Registration of Powers of Attorney
Supreme Court and Tribunal Powers
Guardianship and Administration for People with Impaired Decision-making Capacity
Community Visitor Program
Making decisions is an important part of life as those decisions may impact upon a person’s wellbeing, lifestyle, financial position and property. A person’s ability to make decisions expresses their individuality and control over their life. However, the law recognises that adults may not always have the capacity to make their own decisions (decision-making ability). Substitute decision regimes provide systems for adults with impaired decision-making capacity by which choices can still be made.
It is important to note that the various substitute decision regimes do not prevent the involvement of informal or unauthorised networks in the decision-making processes for an adult with impaired decision-making capacity.