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

Guardianship and medical treatment resources

Last updated

1 July 2020

The following resources can provide further assistance with the issues of guardianship and medical treatment:

  • Guide to the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 (Vic) (Judicial College of Victoria;
  • Advance Care Planning:
  • BetterHealth:
  • OPA’s website:
  • DHHS’s website:
  • VCAT’s website:

For more relevant information, see Chapter 8.4: Mental illness, and Chapter 8.7: Understanding powers of attorney.

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