AGAC releases Guidelines on the participation of the proposed represented person in guardianship proceedings

On 28 July 2018, AGAC presented to the Attorney-General of Australia, The Hon. Christian Porter MP the report, Guidelines for Australian Tribunals: Maximising the participation of the Person in guardianship proceedings.

AGAC's Chair Malcolm Schyvens said: "Decisions made by Tribunals working in the guardianship jurisdiction have a profound impact on the lives of people with decision-making disabilities. The Guidelines will guide Tribunals about practical steps that can be taken, to enable people with decision-making disabilities to participate in guardianship proceedings."

"The Guidelines recognise that to give effect to the statutory obligation to have regard to the views of the Person, Tribunals must acknowledge the real difficulties in participating in Tribunals proceedings, faced by many people with decision-making disabilities."

Mr Schyvens said that the "success of the Guidelines will be measured by the extent to which they are used by Australian Tribunals to review and improve the way they conduct proceedings and involve the Person." 

Over 200 individuals and organisations were invited to comment on draft guidelines developed by AGAC and released in late 2018. AGAC received 39 submissions, which are now available on AGAC's website.

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Submission list

1 pdfACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service379.88 KB (ADACAS)
2 pdfAged and Disability Advocacy Australia768.06 KB (ADAA)
3 pdfAged Rights Advocacy Service124.46 KB (ARAS -SA)
4 pdfAustralian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine196.02 KB (AADDM)
5 pdfAustralian Unity231.67 KB
6 pdfCognitive Decline Partnership Centre76.01 KB
7 pdfCouncil for Intellectual Disability110.33 KB (CID - NSW)
8 pdfDarwin Community Legal Service409.71 KB (DCLS)
9 pdfDepartment of Human Services - Government of South Australia61.34 KB
10 pdfDevelopmental Disability WA321.62 KB (DDWA)
11 pdfDr Helen Creasey98.01 KB
12 pdfDr Piers Gooding935.81 KB
13 pdfEastern Health314.19 KB (Vic)
14 pdfEmeritus Professor Terry Carney AO777.22 KB
15 pdfIntellectual Disability Rights Service1.26 MB
16 pdfLaw Council of Australia646.84 KB
17 pdfLaw Society of South Australia275.79 KB
18 pdfLegal Aid ACT96.3 KB
19 pdfLegal Aid Victoria141.11 KB (VLA)
20 pdfMacquarie Law School and the Australian Research Network on Law and Ageing1004.17 KB
21 pdfMental Health Commission of NSW5.13 MB (MHC - NSW)
22 pdfMental Health Coordinating Council186.38 KB (MHCC)
23 pdfMental Health Review Tribunal1.1 MB (MHRT)
24 pdfMs Cheryl McDonnell422.97 KB
25 pdfMs Julia Casey172.79 KB
26 pdfMs Maria Berry720.68 KB
27 pdfMs Michelle Butler of Latrobe Regional Hospital528.06 KB
28 pdfNational Disability Services452.45 KB
29 pdfNDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission888.62 KB
30 pdfNorthern Territory Legal Aid Commission1.2 MB
31 pdfNSW Ombudsman242.46 KB
32 pdfOffice of the Public Advocate275.32 KB (OPA Qld)
33 pdfPeople With Disability Australia261.05 KB (PWDA)
34 pdfPhysical Disability Council of NSW193.09 KB (PDC NSW)
35 pdfPurple Orange and South Australian Council of Social Service645.27 KB
36 pdfQueensland Advocacy Incorporated305.7 KB (QAI)
37 pdfResthaven549.35 KB (SA)
38 pdfSeniors Rights Service222.42 KB
39 pdfTasmanian Council of Social Service1.36 MB


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