An enduring power of attorney is a good idea in cases of any sudden or gradual onset of a disabling condition. The differences of general powers of attorney, enduring powers of attorney and guardianship are explained.


Philip Grano

Principal Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

What is an enduring power of attorney?

Last updated

1 July 2020

Created by the POA Act in 2014, an enduring powerpower of attorney is a written document that a principal uses to authorise an attorney to make decisions about their financial and personal matters. The purpose of the appointment is to enable the attorney to make decisions for the principal if the principal loses the capacity to make those decisions.

The form to appoint an enduring power of attorney is available on the website of the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) ( There is no process to register an enduring power of attorney.

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