Before you apply – Guardians and administrators
Appoint a guardian or administrator, a supportive guardian or supportive administrator, reassess or cancel these appointments.
Find out if you're in the right place
What we can help with
- Appoint a guardian or administrator
- Appoint a supportive guardian or supportive administrator
- Reassess or cancel the appointment of a guardian or administrator
- Have an interstate appointment of a guardian or administrator (or equivalent) recognised in Victoria
What’s a guardian?
A guardian makes personal lifestyle decisions for a person with disability who is unable to do this for themselves, including decisions about their living arrangements, work arrangements, medical treatment, and access to people and services.
What’s an administrator?
An administrator makes financial and property decisions for a person with disability who is unable to do this for themselves, including decisions about buying or selling property, banking, investing, paying bills and managing debts.
What we can't help with
- Some cases where one party lives in another state in Australia or is a Commonwealth government organisation
- Make new powers of attorney
- Make new supportive powers of attorney
Contact the Office of the Public Advocate
Can’t see what you’re looking for?
- Decisions about existing enduring powers of attorney or supportive attorney appointments – see Powers of Attorney
- Apply about a medical treatment decision – see Medical Treatment and Advance Care Directives
- Review decisions made by the Mental Health Tribunal – see Mental Health
- Orders about treatment for people with an intellectual disability – see Disability Act
- Review decisions about access to medication to end the life of a person with a terminal illness – see Voluntary assisted dying
- Review decisions about the collection of your health information, decisions by the Patient Review Panel or Chief Medical Officer – see Privacy and health records
Urgent applications and temporary orders
We can make an urgent order that covers a short time period if there’s an immediate risk of harm to someone’s health, welfare or property. If you are seriously concerned about someone who is, or may need to be, represented:
Contact the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) at any time on 1300 309 337 for advice about obtaining an urgent order.
If you decide based on the OPA's information you need an urgent order, you must apply to VCAT.
If you apply outside of business hours, the OPA contacts us about your request for an urgent hearing. You must still submit a VCAT application at your earliest opportunity.
We’ll review the order at a hearing as soon as possible.
Before you apply
Understand the difference between guardians, administrators, and powers of attorney
A guardian makes personal lifestyle decisions for a person whose decision-making capacity is affected because they have a disability. A guardian can’t make decisions about money.
An administrator makes financial and property decisions for a person whose decision-making capacity has been affected because of a disability. An administrator can’t make personal or lifestyle decisions, unless they are also the person’s guardian.
Supportive guardians and supportive administrators
A supportive guardian or supportive administrator helps an adult with disability who can make their own decisions. Supportive guardians and supportive administrators help with different types of decisions.
Powers of attorney
An enduring power of attorney is a legal document that allows a person to appoint someone else to make decisions about their personal or financial affairs. A supportive attorney supports the right of people with disability to make their own decisions about things that affect them.