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    Annual reports

    Office of the Adult Guardian Annual Report 2008-09 (PDF, 9.5 MB)

    Annual report for the Office of Adult Guardian 2008-09.

    Office of the Adult Guardian Annual Report 2009-10 (RTF, 750.5 KB)

    It is my pleasure to present to you the eleventh annual report for the Office of the Adult Guardian for the financial year ended 30 June 2010. The report is made in accordance with the requirements of section 206 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000. The report details the work of the office during the year and gives a statistical and descriptive overview of the role and functions of the Adult Guardian in the protection of the rights and interests of adults with impaired capacity and as guardian.

    Office of the Adult Guardian Annual Report 2010-11 (RTF, 11.0 MB)

    This year marks the twelfth Annual Report of the Adult Guardian tabled to the Queensland Parliament. The statutory position of the Adult Guardian was initially created under the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 and now derives its functions and powers from this Act and the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000. The Adult Guardian role, and the office which supports it, occupies a unique place within the framework of human rights protection in Queensland. It serves to protect the rights and interests of a highly marginalised and disadvantaged segment of the Queensland population – people with impaired decision-making capacity.

    Office of the Adult Guardian Annual Report 2010-11 (PDF, 3.9 MB)

    This year marks the twelfth Annual Report of the Adult Guardian tabled to the Queensland Parliament. The statutory position of the Adult Guardian was initially created under the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 and now derives its functions and powers from this Act and the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000. The Adult Guardian role, and the office which supports it, occupies a unique place within the framework of human rights protection in Queensland. It serves to protect the rights and interests of a highly marginalised and disadvantaged segment of the Queensland population – people with impaired decision-making capacity.

    Office of the Adult Guardian Annual Report 2011-12 (PDF, 1.0 MB)

    This year marks the thirteenth Annual Report of the Adult Guardian tabled to the Queensland Parliament. The position of the Adult Guardian was initially created under the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 and now derives its functions and powers from both this Act and the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000. The Adult Guardian role, and the office which supports it, occupies an important place within the framework of human rights protection in Queensland. It serves to protect the rights and interests of a highly marginalised and disadvantaged segment of the Queensland population: people with impaired decision-making capacity.

    Office of the Adult Guardian Annual Report 2012-13

    Annual report for the Office of Adult Guardian 2012-13.

    Fact sheets

    Advance Health Directive (English) (PDF, 316.0 KB)

    An Advance Health Directive (AHD) is a formal set of instructions for your future health care. Sometimes called a ‘living will’, it’s used if you become unable to make decisions due to illness or incapacity.

    Enduring Power of Attorney (English) (PDF, 316.5 KB)

    An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is an important legal document you prepare to allow someone else to make personal and/or financial decisions on your behalf.

    Public Guardian Bill factsheet (PDF, 40.7 KB)

    The Bill establishes the position of the Public Guardian and the new Office of the Public Guardian. It also transfers relevant functions of the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG) to the Office of the Public Guardian.

    Statutory Health Attorney (English) (PDF, 312.3 KB)

    The information in this fact sheet is also relevant to guardians with the power to make health care decisions (they are appointed by the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal (GAAT)) and personal attorneys (appointed under an Enduring Power of Attorney or Advance Health Directive). Refer to factsheets on Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Health Directive for additional information.

    The Adult Guardian (English) (PDF, 333.5 KB)

    A guardian is someone appointed by the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal (GAAT) to make personal and/or health decisions on behalf of an adult with impaired decision-making capacity. In some cases, there is no one appropriate to act as guardian—and in these situations, the Adult Guardian is appointed as the guardian of last resort.

    The new Office of the Public Guardian factsheet (PDF, 147.3 KB)

    From 1 July a new independent statutory body—the Office of the Public Guardian—will be responsible for protecting the rights of vulnerable adults with impaired decision making capacity and children and young people in out-of-home care (foster care, kinship care) residential care and youth detention.

    Forms

    Advance Health Directive Form (Form 4) (PDF, 273.4 KB)

    This form deals with your future health care. The time may come when you cannot speak for yourself. By completing this form, you can give directions about your medical treatment at such a time. This document can be used by non-English-speakers if a qualified interpreter/translator reads it to the person in the person’s own language and a signed Statement of Interpreter/Translator is attached. Blank statements are available from GoPrint offices, WC Penfold Stationers and most newsagents throughout Queensland.

    Application for the Adult Guardian to act as Attorney (New Form) (PDF, 151.5 KB)

    The information requested on this form will be used to assess your application for the Adult Guardian to act as an Attorney under an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) or Advance Health Directive (AHD).

    Community Education Request Form (PDF, 104.2 KB)

    Complete this form to assist us to determine your information requirements.

    Enduring Power of Attorney - Long Form (Form 3) (PDF, 342.0 KB)

    Use this document if you wish to appoint an attorney/s for personal matters (including health care) and a different attorney/s for financial matters. If you wish to appoint the same attorney/s for both personal/ health and financial matters, you use the short form.

    Enduring Power of Attorney - Short Form (Form 2) (PDF, 296.9 KB)

    Use this document if you wish to appoint the same attorney/s for both financial matters and personal matters (including health care). You may also use it to appoint an attorney (or attorneys) for financial matters only or for personal matters (including health care) only.

    General Power of Attorney (Form 1) (PDF, 98.8 KB)

    Use this form if you want someone to act as your attorney for financial matters while you have capacity.

    Interpreter/Translator Statement (Form 7) (PDF, 163.7 KB)

    Complete this statement if you acted as an interpreter/translator when either of the following documents was signed: - an Enduring Power of Attorney (for personal/health or financial matters) - an Advance Health Directive. The statement must be added to the original document, and witnessed by the same person who witnessed the signing of that document.

    Personal Profile (PDF, 200.0 KB)

    When acting as a personal attorney, the Adult Guardian is required to consult with people who have an interest in your welfare. Please provide details of those people you would like the Adult Guardian to consult when making personal or health decisions. This may include a spouse, children, other relatives or close friends.

    Revocation of Enduring Power of Attorney (Form 6) (PDF, 174.0 KB)

    Use this form if you wish to revoke (cancel) the appointment of a person or persons as your attorney/s (enduring power).

    Revocation of General Power of Attorney (Form 5) (PDF, 63.4 KB)

    Use this form if you wish to revoke (cancel) the appointment of a person or persons as your attorney/s for financial matters (general power)

    Guidelines

    Guidelines for witnessing enduring documents (PDF, 143.2 KB)

    In an Enduring Power of Attorney, a person (‘the principal’) delegates to another person the power to make personal and/or financial decisions on his/her behalf. Assessing the principal’s capacity to perform such a legal transaction is one of the most important things that a lawyer, Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations, as a witness to the document, can do.

    This supersedes the 2005 “Capacity guidelines for witnesses of Enduring Powers of Attorney”

    Papers

    Shaping Queensland’s Guardianship Legislation: A Companion Paper (PDF, 134.4 KB)

    A central part of the guardianship legislation is the set of General Principles and the Health Care Principle which must be followed when decisions for, or about, an adult are made. Together with the idea of ‘capacity’ and how it is defined and assessed, the principles give shape to the legislation.

    Shaping Queensland’s Guardianship Legislation: Principles and Capacity (Discussion Paper) (PDF, 924.8 KB)

    A central part of the guardianship legislation is the set of General Principles and the Health Care Principle which must be followed when decisions for, or about, an adult are made. Together with the idea of ‘capacity’ and how it is defined and assessed, the principles give shape to the legislation. - Companion Paper

    Policies

    Public Interest Disclosures made to staff of the Adult Guardian by members of the public regarding danger to a person with a disability (PDF, 145.9 KB)

    This Policy applies to third party disclosures of substantial and specific danger to the health or safety of a person with a disability and the conduct of another person that could, if proved, be a reprisal against the third party discloser.

    Reports

    Public Justice, Private Lives: A New Approach to Confidentiality in the Guardianship System (Volume 2) (PDF, 1.3 MB)

    Public Justice, Private Lives: A New Approach to Confidentiality in the Guardianship System - Report Volume 2

    Queensland Government Response to the Queensland Law Reform Commission Report: Public Justice, Private Lives (PDF, 261.1 KB)

    In Queensland, the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 provides for the appointment of guardians and administrators to manage personal and financial affairs of adults with impaired capacity. It also sets out the powers and responsibilities of the Tribunal, Public Advocate, Community Visitor Program and the Office of Adult Guardian. The Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 operates in partnership with the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 which governs powers of attorney, enduring powers of attorney and statutory health attorneys in Queensland.

    Queensland Government’s Response to Queensland Law Reform Commission Report - A Review of Queensland’s Guardianship Laws (PDF, 418.2 KB)

    See also

    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

    Community Visitor Program

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

    Postal address
    GPO Box 149
    Brisbane QLD 4001

    Phone
    +61 7 3406 7711 or 1300 302 711 (local call outside Brisbane)

    Fax
    +61 7 3109 9179

    Email
    Community Visitor Program

    Office of the Public Advocate

    Address
    Level 1
    State Law Building
    50 Ann Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000 

    Postal address
    GPO Box 149
    Brisbane QLD 4001

    Phone
    +61 7 3224 7424

    Fax
    +61 7 3224 7364

    Email
    public.advocate@justice.qld.gov.au

    Last reviewed
    10 March 2014
    Last updated
    12 May 2014

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