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Adult Guardian

All adults have the same human rights – we are entitled to be treated equally, and to have our worth and dignity recognised, regardless of our state of health or mind.

Our guardianship system plays an important role in human rights protection in Queensland. Guardianship gives someone the legal authority to make decisions for another person who does not have the capacity to do so.

The Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 safeguards the human rights of adults with impaired decision-making capacity by setting out principles to be followed when other people make decisions on their behalf.

These principles are explained in detail on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) site. All substituted decisions for a person must uphold and protect their rights and interests.

People with impaired capacity have the right to:

  • the greatest possible degree of autonomy in decision-making and
  • the right to adequate and appropriate support for decision-making.

The Act also sets out the functions of the Office of the Adult Guardian and its powers.

Role of the Adult Guardian

The Office of the Adult Guardian is an independent body, working to protect the rights and interests of adults who have an impaired capacity to make their own decisions.

Abuse of adults with impaired capacity

People with impaired capacity are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society. The Adult Guardian safeguards their welfare by investigating allegations of neglect, exploitation and abuse.

Reporting abuse to the Adult Guardian

A person being harmed may not be able to report it, or be in a position to report it. If you think someone is being abused, report it immediately.

Investigative powers of the Adult Guardian

We have been given special powers under the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 to be able to protect adults with impaired capacity.

Our decisions

Information on how the Adult Guardian reaches decisions.

Adult Guardian event calendar

The Office of the Adult Guardian, in conjunction with the Community Visitor Program, the Public Trustee, and the Office of the Public Advocate hold free guardianship information days throughout Queensland.

Guardianship Information Services (GIS)

If you have been appointed to make decisions on behalf of an adult with impaired decision-making capacity, the Guardianship Information Service can provide you with information about issues and legislative requirements.

Contacts

Office of Adult Guardian

Address
Level 3
Brisbane Magistrates Court
363 George Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
PO Box 13554
George Street Brisbane QLD 4003

Phone
+61 7 3234 0870 or 1300 653 187 (local call outside Brisbane)

Fax
+61 7 3239 6367

Email
Office of Adult Guardian

Office of Adult Guardian - Townsville

Address
8 Black Hawk Blvd
Thuringowa Central QLD 4817

Postal address
PO Box 1283
Thuringowa Central QLD 4817

Phone
+61 7 4760 9688

Fax
+61 7 4760 9680

Email
Office of Adult Guardian - Townsville

Office of Adult Guardian - Ipswich

Address
Ipswich Tower Central
114 Brisbane Street
Ipswich QLD 4305

Postal address
PO Box 999
Ipswich QLD 4305

Phone
+61 7 3884 6650

Fax
+61 7 3884 6672

Email
Office of Adult Guardian - Ipswich

Last reviewed
25 June 2012
Last updated
19 March 2013

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