Untangling Powers of Attorney, Medical Treatment & Guardianship Laws: A Guide for the Victorian Public

Victoria has embarked on an ambitious program to reform of the laws that allow others to make decisions on your behalf. They include the Powers of Attorney Act 2014, the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 and from 1 March this year, the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019.

The Law Institute of Victoria and the Office of the Public Advocate have come together to present, in clear layman’s terms, what it may mean to you and your loved ones.

Key areas that we will work through include:

  • What’s the difference between a guardian and an administrator? Is it a different role from a person appointed under a power of attorney? And how does it link up with the medical treatment decision maker?
  • What is a supportive attorney, a support person for medical treatment decisions and a supportive guardian? And how are they all appointed?
  • What’s the role of VCAT in making and overseeing these appointments? What’s meant by requiring guardians and administrators to make decisions according to a person’s “will and preferences”?

Our presenters will explain these new laws, clarify key points and help to answer your questions.

Presented by Law Institute of Victoria, Office of the Public Advocate

This is a recording of a live Law Week webinar that was held on 21 May 2020.

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