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Information needed to make a decision in the Guardianship List

What VCAT considers

When deciding if a person needs a guardian and/or administrator, VCAT must take into account:

  • what's important to them, as far as this can be established
  • whether the decisions could be made in a less formal way, or by an approach like negotiation or mediation
  • the wishes of any primary carer, relative or other person with a direct interest in the application
  • relationships that are important to the person.

What VCAT must consider is outlined in section 31 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019.

If the hearing is about you

VCAT needs information about your will and preferences before the hearing. This means we want to know what's important to you before we make a decision.

If we are unable to get this information from you, we may ask your close friends, carers and relatives what they think is important to you.

What you need to do

You need to tell us what's important to you. You can do this a number of different ways.

By email

Email humanrights@vcat.vic.gov.au or post a letter discussing what is important to you.

By phone or in person

We can guide you through the questions we need answered and write your responses down on your behalf.

Contact us by phone on 1300 01 8228 or visit one of our offices at:

  • Main venue – 55 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • William Cooper Justice Centre – 223 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

By worksheet

Complete the worksheet we have sent you or download it now. You don't have to complete all sections, but it may help you think about what is important to you.

You can send this back to us or bring it to the hearing.

If you are a relative, close friend or carer of the person the hearing is about

VCAT needs information about the will and preferences of the proposed represented person. This means we need to know what is important to them, before we make a decision.

You have been identified as someone who can give VCAT this information. This information will help us make the best decision for their situation.

We have also sent a worksheet to the proposed represented person, which they can send back to us, bring to the hearing, or use as a guide for giving us the information we need.

What you need to do

You need to tell us what's important to the proposed represented person. Use this worksheet or checklist to guide you. You can address some or all of the questions.

You can give us this information a number of different ways.

By email or post

Email humanrights@vcat.vic.gov.au or post a letter discussing what is important to the proposed represented person, or use the worksheet or checklist to guide you. 

Tell us who the proposed represented person is, and your relationship to them when you write to us.

By phone or in person

We can guide you through the questions we need answered and write your responses down on your behalf.

Contact us by phone on 1300 01 8228 or visit one of our offices at:

  • Main venue – 55 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • William Cooper Justice Centre – 223 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Information needed about what's important to the person

Use these questions to guide you when writing to VCAT about what's important to the person.

What is important about their accommodation?
You may want to think about where they like to live, and where they would like to live if they move one day.

What is important to them for daily living?
You may want to think about whether they need food delivered, if they use a house cleaner or other services.

What is important about their relationships?
You may want to think about who the most important people are in their life, if they have close friends or family who support them, and if there is anyone they don't want to see.

What is important to them about their medical treatment?
You may want to think about whether there is someone who helps them get medical care, where they like to go for medical care, and what they think about prescription medicine.

What is important about their major assets and debts?
You may want to think about whether they own a house or car, if they have debt to the bank or credit cards, and any financial goals or plans.

What is important about their income and expenses?
You may want to think about what they want to spend their money on, and how much they like to save.

What is important for any court cases or legal problems?
You may want to think about any court cases they have coming up, what the cases are about, what they want the outcome to be, and any other legal problems they have.

What else is important to them?
You may want to think about any pets they have, or activities or hobbies they enjoy. Also think about whether they recognise any cultural, religious or spiritual traditions or practices. You should also consider any information they don't want to be shared.

If you have any questions, email humanrights@vcat.vic.gov.au or call 1300 01 8228.