Guardians and/or administrators make “lifestyle” decisions for people who are unable to make decisions for themselves. They are appointed by VCAT, who acts in the best interests of the person with a disability. The person’s wishes need to be given effect wherever possible.


Philip Grano

Principal Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

Disputes about medical treatment

Last updated

1 July 2021

VCAT is empowered to hear disputes under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic) (‘MTPD Act’).

Applications can be brought to VCAT by eligible people, including:

  • a health practitioner,
  • a medical treatment decision-maker;
  • a support person;
  • the Public Advocate;
  • any other person VCAT is satisfied has a special interest in the person’s affairs.

Application forms are available from VCAT’s website.

VCAT is also empowered to advise medical treatment decision-makers (s 83 MTPD Act).

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