The Commission has released a consultation paper reviewing Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws, and is seeking submissions from the community to help shape our final recommendations for law reform.
These laws deal with the formal arrangements that are available when a person is unable to make their own decisions about important matters because of a disability.
Guardianship laws will probably affect most Victorians at some time in their lives. Twenty-five years ago, Victoria led Australia and other parts of the world with its Guardianship and Administration Act 1986. Since then, much has changed; our population is ageing and our views about people with a disability that affects their decision-making capacity are now very different.
The Guardianship: Consultation Paper describes how Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws currently operate, outlines problems with the current laws, discusses laws in other jurisdictions, and outlines options for reform. The paper also includes a list of questions to guide submissions.
The submission deadline is 20 May 2011.
The consultation paper is also available in summary, Easy English and translated versions.
To read more about the Commission’s guardianship reference, read our media release or go to the ‘Guardianship’ page in the ‘Current Projects’ section of this website.