Guardianship and Advocacy
When caring for someone who is unable to make their own decisions, your role as a decision-maker is called into question and family or other conflicts may arise.
Where appropriate, Carers Queensland can help you and your family navigate the legal and administrative systems designed to resolve such issues through our Guardianship & Advocacy (GAP) program.
GAP assists family carers who are experiencing difficulties in their role of caring for an adult with reduced decision-making capacity.
How can we support you?
Carers Queensland’s Guardianship & Advocacy program can:
- Provide advice on applications for the appointment of a guardian and/or administrator for an adult
- Assist in the preparation of applications for the appointment or review of a guardian and/or administrator
- Provide advice on the completion and use of enduring documents such as Enduring Power of Attorney, Advance Health Directive & Advance Health Directive (Mental Health)
- Advocate or represent you before the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).
- Assist and support you in negotiating and working with the Office of the Public Guardian and the Public Trustee of Queensland.
- Assist and support you in working with service providers and where the possibility of an intervention by the Public Guardian or QCAT has been made.
To understand more about how Carers Queensland can help, watch this brief video:
You are in control
The GAP team will never take over or influence your affairs. Our officers will be on your side and do what they can to safeguard your role as a family carer.
We will always seek your informed consent and written permission before any work is undertaken.
Who we work with
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) aims to provide accessible, cost effective and informal tribunal services for a wide range of matters affecting the community. To learn more, watch the video below:
The Public Trustee provides enduring powers of attorney, free wills, investment, executor and financial administration services to Queenslanders.
The Office of the Public Guardian aims to protect the rights of vulnerable Queenslanders.
Carers Queensland’s Guardianship & Advocacy team also provides community education sessions to groups, service providers, health practitioners and organisations throughout Queensland.
Want more information?
The Department of Justice & Attorney-General is proud to provide funding to Carers Queensland to increase Queenslanders’ access to the justice system.