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Enduring Guardianship

In Australia, enduring guardianship is a legal arrangement that allows an individual (the appointor) to appoint another person (the enduring guardian) to make personal, lifestyle, and health care decisions on their behalf if they become unable to make decisions for themselves due to illness, injury, or disability. Enduring guardianship is governed by state and territory legislation, and the specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on the jurisdiction.

Key aspects of enduring guardianship in Australia include:

Scope of Authority

An enduring guardian is authorized to make decisions about matters such as accommodation, health care, medical treatment, and lifestyle choices on behalf of the appointor. The scope of authority can be tailored to the appointor's preferences and needs.

Enduring Guardianship Document

To appoint an enduring guardian, the appointor must create an enduring guardianship document in the prescribed form as required by the relevant state or territory legislation. The document must be signed by the appointor, witnessed by two witnesses, and signed by a prescribed witness (such as a lawyer or a Justice of the Peace).

Capacity and Consent

The appointor must have legal capacity at the time of creating the enduring guardianship document. This means they must understand the nature and effect of appointing an enduring guardian and the authority granted to the guardian. The appointment must be made voluntarily without undue influence or coercion.

Registration

In some jurisdictions, enduring guardianship documents may need to be registered with a government agency or authority to be effective. Registration ensures that the appointment is recorded and recognized by relevant parties, such as health care providers and residential care facilities.

Revocation and Amendment

The appointor retains the right to revoke or amend the enduring guardianship appointment at any time, as long as they have legal capacity to do so. Revocation or amendment must be done in writing and in accordance with the requirements set out in the relevant legislation.

Role and Responsibilities of the Enduring Guardian

The enduring guardian has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the appointor and make decisions that align with the appointor's known preferences and wishes. The guardian must also consider any directives or instructions provided by the appointor in the enduring guardianship document.

Enduring guardianship provides a mechanism for individuals to plan for future decision-making regarding their personal and health care needs in the event of incapacity.

It is an important aspect of advance care planning and can help ensure that the appointor's wishes are respected and upheld during times of vulnerability.

Enduring guardianship allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions that align with your wishes and best interests when you are unable to do so yourself.

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In Australia, enduring guardianship is a legal arrangement that allows an individual (the appointor) to appoint another person (the enduring guardian) to make personal, lifestyle, and health care decisions on their behalf if they become unable to make decisions for themselves.

In Australia, enduring guardianship is a legal arrangement that allows an individual (the appointor) to appoint another person (the enduring guardian) to make personal, lifestyle, and health care decisions on their behalf if they become unable to make decisions for themselves due to illness, injury, or disability. Enduring guardianship is governed by state and territory legislation, and the specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on the jurisdiction.

Key aspects of enduring guardianship in Australia include:

Scope of Authority

An enduring guardian is authorized to make decisions about matters such as accommodation, health care, medical treatment, and lifestyle choices on behalf of the appointor. The scope of authority can be tailored to the appointor's preferences and needs.

Enduring Guardianship Document

To appoint an enduring guardian, the appointor must create an enduring guardianship document in the prescribed form as required by the relevant state or territory legislation. The document must be signed by the appointor, witnessed by two witnesses, and signed by a prescribed witness (such as a lawyer or a Justice of the Peace).

Capacity and Consent

The appointor must have legal capacity at the time of creating the enduring guardianship document. This means they must understand the nature and effect of appointing an enduring guardian and the authority granted to the guardian. The appointment must be made voluntarily without undue influence or coercion.

Registration

In some jurisdictions, enduring guardianship documents may need to be registered with a government agency or authority to be effective. Registration ensures that the appointment is recorded and recognized by relevant parties, such as health care providers and residential care facilities.

Revocation and Amendment

The appointor retains the right to revoke or amend the enduring guardianship appointment at any time, as long as they have legal capacity to do so. Revocation or amendment must be done in writing and in accordance with the requirements set out in the relevant legislation.

Role and Responsibilities of the Enduring Guardian

The enduring guardian has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the appointor and make decisions that align with the appointor's known preferences and wishes. The guardian must also consider any directives or instructions provided by the appointor in the enduring guardianship document.

Enduring guardianship provides a mechanism for individuals to plan for future decision-making regarding their personal and health care needs in the event of incapacity.

It is an important aspect of advance care planning and can help ensure that the appointor's wishes are respected and upheld during times of vulnerability.

Enduring guardianship allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions that align with your wishes and best interests when you are unable to do so yourself.

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