The right to make decisions and manage our affairs is a fundamental human right, yet sometimes people lose the capacity to exercise this right due to dementia, mental illness, accident or trauma.
The Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 however, provides the legal framework for three tools that can enable adults to exercise an element of control over how decisions will be made on their behalf should they ever lose the capacity to make decisions for themselves.
These are an:
Many parents of children with a decision-making disability want to make plans for the future care and support their child will need once they become an adult (turn 18 years of age). If you would like to understand more about the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 and how this may be of help in planning for the future of your (adult) child, read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Last updated: 18-Aug-2015
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