Decision Making Resources
In Queensland (and Australia) the law allows adults to make their own decisions about issues affecting their lives, such as where to live, who provides help and how money is spent. If there are concerns about decision making ability (capacity), then various laws allow for alternative decision makers for various types of decisions (such as a guardian or administrator). The law also allows for people whose capacity is questioned to have support for their decision making (supported or informal decision making).
This section gathers a range of helpful resources for the community and professionals regarding decision making for adults in Queensland.
ADA Guardianship Advocacy Publications
Supporting Decision Making
Supporting people to make their own decisions, rather than having someone else make them, doesn’t sound that hard. But in a world where service systems are complex, and where the focus on ‘consumer choice’ sees people asked to make ever more decisions about the services they receive, anyone who has difficulty making decisions is at risk of having others step in and take over.
But everyone has the right to make or participate in decisions about the things that impact their life.
This ‘Supported Decision Making’ Guide gives people, and those who are supporting them, valuable information that will enable them to keep making decisions about their own lives wherever possible.
Supporting Financial Decision-Making Resources
- OPG Community Visitor program
- OPG Factsheet
- Office of the Public Guardian
- The Public Trustee
- For advocacy support as an adult at QCAT ADA Australia Guardianship Advocacy
- For advocacy support as a carer at QCAT – Video of Carers Queensland
- ADACAS Supported Decision Making
- AGAC Hearing Guidelines
- AGAC EPOA Guidelines
- ABA Checklist
- Qld Govt Capacity Guidelines
- QUT Australian Models report
Australian Guardianship Advocacy Organisations
- Queensland: ADA Australia refer to Human Rights & Elder Abuse Advocacy
- New South Wales: Legal Aid NSW – Mental Health Advocacy Service (includes Guardianship), Disability Advocacy NSW
- Australian Capital Territory: Legal Aid ACT, ADACAS Advocacy
- Victoria: Legal Aid Victoria, Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service
- Tasmania: Tasmania Legal Aid, Advocacy Tasmania
- Western Australia: Legal Aid WA, Faciliatrix (fee paying provider)
- Northern Territory: Legal Aid NT
- South Australia: Disability Rights Advocacy Service.