Public Advocates and Guardianship lists Boards,
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Public Advocates and Guardianship lists / Boards, These government Agency Sites can have useful information. Advocacy If your parent is having difficulty gaining services or support Advocates can often assist to advocate on your parents or your behalf. Office of Public Advocates and Guardianship Boards May have information on, and how to apply for, an Advocate to be appointed. or A Financial Administrator. This can be a responsible family member Or A Guardian. This can be a responsible family member and info on making a, Power of Attorney Enduring Powers of Attorney ( for some one to act on behalf of a person, at a time in the future, when the person is no longer unable to make their own decisions ). Medical Powers of Attorney Guardianship Reviewing above Documents / Orders For people with impaired decision making ability (with disabilities illness or mental illness). (Or for people likely to become impaired in the future). Consult a solicitor, or Legal Aid Office for advice re above, Your local solicitor can advise you re making above declarations and documents. The following are links to Office of Public Advocate and Guardianship Lists / Boards in Australia. Please Note Laws and Regulations vary in each state, and sites and information may change. Victoria Office of the Public Advocate Victoria www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/CA256A76007E8265/Home?OpenPage Guardianship List VCAT Victoria www.vcat.vic.gov.au/CA256DBB0022825D/page/Guardianship+%26+Admin%2e?Open Document&1=60-Guardianship+%26+Admin%2e~&2=~&3=~ New South Wales Office of the Public Guardian www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/opg The Guardianship Tribunal www.gt.nsw.gov.au/links.cfm South Australia Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) South Australia www.opa.sa.gov.au/ Western Australia Guardianship, Administration and Advocacy Western Australia www.justice.wa.gov.au/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_323_201_0_43/http%3B /justicecontent.extranet.justice.wa.gov.au/displayPage.aspx/Guardianship+Administration +and+Advocacy/Guardianship+Administration+and+Advocacy/structureID=58321652/re sourceID=78327746 Guardianship and Administration Board Western Australia www.justice.wa.gov.au/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_323_201_0_43/http;/just icecontent.extranet.justice.wa.gov.au/displayPage.aspx/Courts%20Tribunals%20%20Boa rds/Courts%20Tribunals%20%20Boards/Tribunals%20and%20Boards/Guardianship%20 and%20Administration%20Board/structureID=28527836/resourceID=16302286 Public Advocate Western Australia www.justice.wa.gov.au/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_323_201_0_43/http;/just icecontent.extranet.justice.wa.gov.au/displayPage.aspx/The%20Department/The%20Dep artment/Public%20Advocate/structureID=77181095/resourceID=66301522/division=The %20Department Northern Territory Office of Adult Guardianship www.nt.gov.au/health/org_supp/performance_audit/adult_guard/guardianship.shtml Tasmania Guardianship Board Tasmania www.justice.tas.gov.au/guar/ The Public Guardian www.justice.tas.gov.au/guar/info_4.htm Some thoughts on above. You may need to consider who in your family is the best person to take on responsibility for making financial or legal decisions or even decisions for instance regarding where a parent resides. (This person could already be performing this role. Having his/her role formalised or another to take on the role or specific tasks and have the role designated is important particularly when relating to statutory authorities and organisations). Enduring Power of Attorney generally means that your parent can select in advance now (when legally competent to do so), the person they wish to take on and make decisions on their behalf for the inevitable time in the future when they are no longer able to make decisions for themself. If a person parent has not got that capacity to make decisions, then it is often necessary to make application on their behalf, to the above authorities ( Guardian Boards) to make an order to appoint some one to act on behalf as a financial advocate or guardian. This needs to be a person who is recognised that they will act in the best interests of a person with mental illness or disability. Boards may appoint a variety of people. It may be a family member friend or government body or authorised organisation. If you feel that some one is not acting in the best interests of the person with an illness or disability consult the above organisations and authorities. In most Australian States, Guardian Boards have authority to appoint new administrators or guardians where necessary or to review and revise arrangements.