Proposed guardianship reforms: what do they mean for caring families?

Carers Victoria's analysis of the Victorian Law Reform Commission's (VLRC) guardianship reforms.

Proposed guardianship reforms: what do they mean for caring families?

Carers Victoria's analysis of the Victorian Law Reform Commission's (VLRC) guardianship reforms.

Proposed guardianship reforms: what do they mean for caring families?

In 2009 it was recognised that the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 was in need of significant reform to accommodate the ageing of the population and the projected increases in the numbers of older people who develop disabilities or chronic illnesses that affect their decisionmaking capacity. There was a need to accommodate changes in current community policy and attitudes towards people with decision-making disabilities. In addition, there was a need to ensure more Victorians with capacity take up the opportunity to appoint Enduring Attorneys or Enduring Guardians to help them make decisions should they lose the capacity to make their own decisions in the future.

Summarised here is Carers Victoria’s analysis of current issues and our interpretations of what the recommendations will mean for the future for people with lifelong decision-making disabilities. There is no guarantee that they will be implemented fully and we wait for the government’s response.

 

 

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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