|Public Advocates and Guardianship lists / Boards|
|Written by Administrator|
These government Agency Sites can have useful information.
Office of Public Advocates and Guardianship Boards
and info on making a,
For people with impaired decision making ability (with disabilities illness or mental illness). (Or for people likely to become impaired in the future).
Consult a solicitor, or Legal Aid Office for advice re above. Your local solicitor can advise you re making above declarations and documents.
The following are links to Office of Public Advocate and Guardianship Lists / Boards in Australia. Please Note Laws and Regulations vary in each state, and sites and information may change.
Office of the Public Advocate - Victoria
Guardianship List - VCAT Victoria
New South Wales
Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) - South Australia
Western Australia Guardianship, Administration and Advocacy - Western Australia
Guardianship and Administration Board - Western Australia
Public Advocate - Western Australia
Some thoughts on above.
Enduring Power of Attorney generally means that your parent can select in advance now (when legally competent to do so), the person they wish to take on and make decisions on their behalf for the inevitable time in the future when they are no longer able to make decisions for themself.
If a person parent has not got that capacity to make decisions, then it is often necessary to make application on their behalf, to the above authorities ( Guardian Boards) to make an order to appoint some one to act on behalf as a financial advocate or guardian. This needs to be a person who is recognised that they will act in the best interests of a person with mental illness or disability. Boards may appoint a variety of people. It may be a family member friend or government body or authorised organisation.
If you feel that some one is not acting in the best interests of the person with an illness or disability consult the above organisations and authorities. In most Australian States, Guardian Boards have authority to appoint new administrators or guardians where necessary or to review and revise arrangements.