Role of the State Administrative Tribunal

The State Administrative Tribunal is an independent statutory body responsible for appointing a guardian or administrator in the best interests of a person with a decision-making disability. 

An application to the Tribunal to appoint a guardian or administrator may be necessary when problems affecting the life of the person with a decision-making disability cannot be resolved in a less formal way. Applications for the appointment of a guardian may also be necessary in cases where there are concerns about a person being abused, exploited or neglected.

The Tribunal:

Careful consideration is given to each application filed with the Tribunal, which works to safeguard the best interests of the person by:

State Administrative Tribunal hearings

If an application for the appointment of a guardian (and/or administrator) has been made the Tribunal will conduct a hearing. People with an interest in the person for whom an application has been made will be given the opportunity to put forward their views about what they believe is in the person's best interests.

Wherever possible, the person whose decision-making ability is being considered will also have an opportunity to state his or her views and preferences.

The State Administrative Tribunal also considers other information and reports, which have been submitted about the circumstances and needs of the person concerned, before making a determination about:

The Tribunal is required legally to review each order within five years but a review may be conducted sooner.

The Tribunal may review an order at any time on the application of the person concerned, their guardian or administrator, the Public Advocate or any person to whom the Tribunal grants leave to apply for review.

Last updated: 29-Jan-2020

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