Guardianship and Administration Act 2000


Queensland Crest
Guardianship and Administration Act 2000
Queensland Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Current as at [Not applicable] Indicative reprint note This is an unofficial version of a reprint of this Act that incorporates all proposed amendments to the Act included in the Guardianship and Administration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. This indicative reprint has been prepared for information only— it is not an authorised reprint of the Act . The point-in-time date for this indicative reprint is the introduction date for the Guardianship and Administration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018—15 February 2018. Detailed information about indicative reprints is available on the Information page of the Queensland legislation website.
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Not authorised —indicative only Queensland Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents Chapter 1 1 2 3 4 Chapter 2 5 6 7 7A 8 9 10 11 11A Chapter 2A 11B 11C Chapter 3 Part 1 12 12A 12B 13 13A 14 Page Preliminary Short title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Act binds all persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Explanation Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Purpose to achieve balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Way purpose achieved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Relationship with Public Guardian Act 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Relationship with Powers of Attorney Act 1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Range of substitute decision-makers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Types of matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Application of presumption of capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Primary focus—adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Principles General principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Health care principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Appointment of guardians and administrators Making an appointment order Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Appointment—missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Relationship with Public Trustee Act 1978 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Advance appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Advance appointment—guardian for restrictive practice matter . 29 Appointment of 1 or more eligible guardians and administrators 30
Not authorised —indicative only Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Part 2 22 23 24 25 Part 3 Division 1 26 27 Division 1A 27A 27B Division 2 28 29 30 31 32 32A Division 3 32B Chapter 4 Part 1 33 34 Appropriateness considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Advice from proposed appointee about appropriateness and competence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Guardian or administrator to update advice about appropriateness and competence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Inquiries about appropriateness and competence . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Comply with other tribunal requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Financial management plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Advice to registrar of titles if appointment concerns land . . . . . . 38 Relationship between appointment and enduring document Attorney’s power subject to tribunal authorisation . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Appointment without knowledge of enduring document . . . . . . . 39 Protection if unaware of appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Protection if unaware power already exercised by advance health directive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Changing or revoking an appointment order Revocation by appointee Automatic revocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Withdrawal with tribunal’s leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Provisions about appointment for adult who is missing person Obligation to notify tribunal of particular circumstances . . . . . . . 44 Tribunal must revoke order making appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Change or revocation at tribunal review of appointment Periodic review of appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Other review of appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Guardian or administrator to update advice about appropriateness and competence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Appointment review process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Tribunal to advise of change, revocation or ending of appointment 48 Additional requirements if change, revocation or ending of appointment and interest in land involved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Directions Directions to former guardian or administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Functions and powers of guardians and administrators General functions and powers of guardian or administrator Power of guardian or administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Apply principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Page 2
35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 Part 2 49 50 51 54 55 Part 3 56 57 58 59 60 60A 60B 60C Chapter 5 Part 1 61 Part 2 Division 1 62 63 Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents Act honestly and with reasonable diligence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Act as required by terms of tribunal order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Avoid conflict transaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Multiple guardians or administrators are joint if not otherwise stated 53 Act together with joint guardians or administrators . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Consult with adult’s other appointees or attorneys . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Disagreement about matter other than health matter . . . . . . . . . 53 Disagreement about health matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Acting contrary to general principles or health care principles . . 55 Right of guardian or administrator to information . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Execution of instrument etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Implied power to execute a deed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Payment of expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Remuneration of professional administrators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Particular functions and powers of administrators Keep records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Keep property separate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Power to invest and continue investments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Gifts and donations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Maintain adult’s dependants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Other provisions applying to guardians and administrators Protection if unaware of change of appointee’s power . . . . . . . . 60 Advice of change of successive appointee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Relief from personal liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Compensation and accounting for profits for failure to comply . . 61 Power to apply to court for compensation for loss of benefit in estate 63 Effect on beneficiary’s interest if property dealt with by administrator 63 Administrator not required to keep proceeds and property separate 64 Application to court to confirm or vary operation of s 60A . . . . . . 64 Health matters and special health matters Philosophy and purpose Purpose to achieve balance for health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Scheme for health care and special health care Health care—no consent Division’s scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Urgent health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Page 3 Not authorised —indicative only
Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents Not authorised —indicative only 63A 64 Division 2 65 66 66A 66B 67 Part 3 68 68A 69 70 71 72 73 74 Part 3A 74A 74B 74C Part 4 75 76 77 78 79 80 Chapter 5A Part 1 80A 80B Part 2 Life-sustaining measure in an acute emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Minor, uncontroversial health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Health care and special health care—consent Adult with impaired capacity—order of priority in dealing with special health matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Adult with impaired capacity—order of priority in dealing with health matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 When consent to withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining measure may operate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Certificate in clinical records if life-sustaining measure withheld or withdrawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Effect of adult’s objection to health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Consent to special health care Special health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Tribunal to consult in making decision about special health care 72 Donation of tissue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Sterilisation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Termination of pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Special medical research or experimental health care . . . . . . . . 75 Prescribed special health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Subsequent special health care for adult . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Clinical research What is clinical research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 What is approved clinical research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Approval of clinical research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Other provisions about health care Use of force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Health providers to give information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Protection of health provider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Offence to exercise power for adult if no right to do so . . . . . . . . 81 Offence to carry out health care unless authorised . . . . . . . . . . . 81 No less protection than if adult gave health consent . . . . . . . . . . 82 Consent to sterilisation of child with impairment Preliminary Definitions for ch 5A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Sterilisation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Consent by tribunal Page 4
80C 80D Part 3 Division 1 80E 80F Division 2 80H 80I 80J 80K 80L Division 3 80M Division 5 80O Part 4 80P 80Q Chapter 5B Part 1 80R 80S 80T 80U Part 2 Division 1 80V 80W 80X Division 2 80Y 80Z Division 3 80ZA Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents When tribunal may consent and effect of consent . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Whether sterilisation is in child’s best interests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Tribunal proceedings General Relationship with ch 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Members constituting tribunal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Applications Who may apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 How to apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Tribunal advises persons concerned of hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Who is an active party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Child representative must be appointed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Proceeding Advice, directions and recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Appeal Appellant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Other provisions about consent to sterilisation of child Health providers to give information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 No less protection than if adult gave consent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Restrictive practices Preliminary Application of ch 5B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Purpose of ch 5B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Effect of ch 5B on substitute decision-maker’s ability to make health care decision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Definitions for ch 5B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Containment or seclusion approvals Giving containment or seclusion approvals When tribunal may approve use of containment or seclusion . . . 98 Matters tribunal to consider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 When tribunal may approve use of other restrictive practices . . . 101 Period of containment or seclusion approval Period for which containment or seclusion approval has effect . 102 Automatic revocation of containment or seclusion approval . . . . 102 Reviewing a containment or seclusion approval When containment or seclusion approval may be reviewed . . . . 102 Page 5 Not authorised —indicative only
Not authorised —indicative only Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents 80ZB Part 3 80ZC 80ZD 80ZE 80ZF Part 4 80ZH 80ZI 80ZK 80ZL 80ZM Part 5 Division 1 80ZN Division 2 80ZO 80ZP Division 3 80ZQ 80ZR Part 6 80ZS 80ZT 80ZU Chapter 6 81 82 83 Chapter 7 Review process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Guardians for a restrictive practice matter Application of pt 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Requirements for giving consent—guardian for restrictive practice (general) matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Requirements for giving consent—guardian for restrictive practice (respite) matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Short-term approval of public guardian for use of particular restrictive practices When public guardian may give short-term approval for use of containment or seclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 When public guardian may give short-term approval for use of containment or seclusion—new relevant service provider . . . . . 110 When public guardian may give short-term approval for use of other restrictive practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Right of public guardian to information for making decision . . . . 111 Requirement for public guardian to give notice of decision . . . . . 111 Tribunal proceedings General Relationship with ch 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Applications Who may apply for a containment or seclusion approval . . . . . . 113 Who may apply for appointment of guardian for restrictive practice matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Other matters Who is an active party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Interim orders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Miscellaneous provisions Requirements for informal decision-makers—consenting to use of restrictive practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Informal decision-makers must maintain confidentiality . . . . . . . 117 Review of ch 5B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Tribunal’s functions for this Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Jurisdiction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Annual report by president . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Tribunal proceedings Page 6
Part 1 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 114A 114B Part 2 115 118 119 121 122 Part 3 123 124 125 126 127 Part 4 128 129 130 131 Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents General Definitions for pt 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Types of limitation order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Relationship with the QCAT Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Members constituting tribunal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basis of consideration for limitation order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adult evidence order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closure order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-publication order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Confidentiality order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-publication or confidentiality order made before hearing . . . Standing for limitation order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Making and notifying decision for limitation order . . . . . . . . . . . . Written reasons for limitation order and copy of reasons . . . . . . Procedural directions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Publication about proceeding that discloses adult’s identity . . . . No filing fee payable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Applications Scope of applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tribunal advises persons concerned of hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . Who is an active party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Protection if unaware of invalidity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Withdrawal by leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Participation Right of active party to appear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Representative may be used with tribunal’s leave . . . . . . . . . . . Representative may be appointed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tribunal to decide who are interested persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Proceeding Tribunal may stay decision pending hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Interim order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tribunal to ensure it has all relevant information and material . . Tribunal may proceed without further information . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 122 122 122 122 123 124 124 125 125 126 127 127 127 128 129 129 131 131 131 134 135 135 136 136 136 137 137 138 138 139 140 Page 7 Not authorised —indicative only
Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents Not authorised —indicative only 134 136 137 138 138AA 138A Part 5 Division 1 146 147 Division 2 148 149 150 151 Division 3 152 153 154 155 Part 6 156 157 158 Part 8 163 164 Part 9 166 167 168 169 170 171 Chapter 9 Report by tribunal staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Witness fees and expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Offences by witnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Advice, directions and recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Directions to former attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Repeated applications for orders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Particular proceedings or orders Declaration about capacity Declaration about capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Effect of declaration about capacity to enter contract . . . . . . . . . 145 Entry and removal warrant Application for entry and removal warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Issue of entry and removal warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Role of occupier if entry and removal warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Reporting requirement after removal of adult . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Miscellaneous Tribunal authorisation or approval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Records and audit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Ratification or approval of exercise of power by informal decision-maker 149 Suspension of guardianship order or administration order . . . . . 150 Decision Making and notifying decision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Order postponing giving copy of decision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Copy of reasons to be given . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Appeal Appellant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Filing notice of appeal in particular circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Recognition of order made under another law Definitions for pt 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Regulation prescribing recognised provision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Application to register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Effect of registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Notice of registration and subsequent action to original maker . . 155 Public advocate Page 8
Part 1 207A 208 209 209A 210 210A 210B 211 212 Part 2 213 214 215 216 217 217A 218 219 220 221 Chapter 11 Part 1 238 Part 2 239 240 241 242 243 244 Part 2A 244A Part 3 245 Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents Establishment, functions and powers Definitions for pt 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Public advocate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Functions—systemic advocacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Report about systemic matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Powers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Right to information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Offence to publish confidential information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Not under Ministerial control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Delegation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Administrative provisions Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Duration of appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Terms of appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Leave of absence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Preservation of rights of public advocate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Acting public advocate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Annual report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Not a statutory body for particular Acts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Miscellaneous provisions Relationship with criminal law Act does not authorise euthanasia or affect particular provisions of Criminal Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Relationship with court jurisdiction Litigation guardian process not affected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Supreme Court’s inherent jurisdiction not affected . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Transfer of proceeding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Stay of proceeding concerning an enduring document . . . . . . . . 163 Interim appointed decision-maker if Supreme Court proceeding 164 Chapter 3 applies for interim appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Access to record of proceedings Access to record of proceedings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Settlements or damages awards Settlements or damages awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Page 9 Not authorised —indicative only
Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents Not authorised —indicative only Part 4 246 247 247A 247B 247C 248 248A 248B 249 249A Part 4A 250 250A 250B Part 5 251 252 Chapter 12 Part 1 253 254 255 Part 2 256 257 Part 3 258 259 260 261 262 Part 4 Protection from liability and dealing with information Definitions for pt 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Whistleblowers’ protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Reprisal and grounds for reprisal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Offence of taking reprisal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Damages for reprisal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Protection from liability if honest and not negligent . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Protection for person carrying out forensic examination with consent 170 Protection from liability for giving information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Protected use of confidential information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Prohibited use of confidential information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Miscellaneous Guidelines to assist in assessments of capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Delegation of public trustee’s powers under this Act . . . . . . . . . . 173 Proceedings for indictable offences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Forms and regulations Chief executive may approve forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Regulation-making power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Transitional provisions and repeal Transitional provisions for adult guardian Definition for pt 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Appointment of adult guardian continues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Particular things continued . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Transitional provisions for committee Power to apply to court for compensation for loss of benefit in estate because of committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Tribunal’s power if committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Transitional provisions for, and repeal of, Intellectually Disabled Citizens Act 1985 Definition for pt 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Adult guardian assumes legal friend responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . 178 Management by public trustee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Council records to be given to tribunal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Repeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Transitional provision for Guardianship and Administration and Powers of Attorney Amendment Act 2001 Page 10
262A Part 5 262B Part 6 262C 262D 262E 262F Part 7 263 264 Part 8 265 266 Part 9 267 Part 10 268 Part 11 269 Part 12 270 271 272 273 274 Schedule 2 Part 1 1 Part 2 Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents Protection for health provider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Transitional provision for Discrimination Law Amendment Act 2002 Application of amendments made by Discrimination Law Amendment Act 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Transitional provisions for Guardianship and Administration and Other Acts Amendment Act 2003 Application of amended s 29 to reviews of existing appointments 181 Effect of contravention of repealed ss 52 and 53 . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Person given notice of hearing able to become active party . . . . 181 Interim orders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Transitional provisions for Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2007 Directions to former guardian or administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Interim orders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Transitional provisions for Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2008 Powers of guardians—use of restrictive practices . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Short term approvals not to be given during transitional period . 183 Transitional provision for Guardianship and Administration and Other Acts Amendment Act 2008 Directions to former attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Transitional provision for Fair Work (Commonwealth Powers) and Other Provisions Act 2009 Remuneration of professional administrators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Transitional provision for State Penalties Enforcement and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2009 Declaration and validation concerning particular reviews under s 29 185 Transitional and validation provisions for Guardianship and Administration and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018 Definition for part . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Obligation of registrar of titles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Application of ss 60A–60C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Validation of delegation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Existing proceedings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Types of matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Financial matter Financial matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Personal matter Page 11 Not authorised —indicative only
Not authorised —indicative only Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Contents 2 3 4 5 5A 5B 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 17 Part 3 18 Schedule 4 Personal matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special personal matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Life-sustaining measure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Good medical practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special health matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Removal of tissue for donation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sterilisation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Termination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Primary reason for treatment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special medical research or experimental health care . . . . . . . . Electroconvulsive therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psychosurgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prescribed special health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Legal matter Legal matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dictionary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 189 190 190 191 191 191 192 192 192 193 193 193 194 194 194 194 196 Page 12
Not authorised —indicative only Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Chapter 1 Preliminary [s 1] Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 An Act to consolidate, amend and reform the law relating to the appointment of guardians and administrators to manage the personal and financial affairs of adults with impaired capacity, to confer jurisdiction on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for particular purposes, to create an office of Public Advocate, and for other purposes Chapter 1 Preliminary 1 Short title This Act may be cited as the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 . 2 Commencement This Act commences on a day to be fixed by proclamation. 3 Definitions The dictionary in schedule 4 defines particular words used in this Act. 4 Act binds all persons This Act binds all persons, including the State, and, so far as the legislative power of the Parliament permits, the Commonwealth and the other States. Current as at [Not applicable] Page 13
Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Chapter 2 Explanation [s 5] Chapter 2 Explanation Not authorised —indicative only 5 Acknowledgements This Act acknowledges the following— (a) an adult’s right to make decisions is fundamental to the adult’s inherent dignity; (b) the right to make decisions includes the right to make decisions with which others may not agree; (c) the capacity of an adult to make decisions may differ according to— (ii) the type of decision to be made, including, for example, the complexity of the decision to be made; and (iii) the support available from members of the adult’s existing support network; (d) the right of an adult with impaired capacity to make decisions should be restricted, and interfered with, to the least possible extent; (e) an adult with impaired capacity has a right to adequate and appropriate support for decision-making. 6 Purpose to achieve balance This Act seeks to strike an appropriate balance between— (a) the right of an adult with impaired capacity to the greatest possible degree of autonomy in decision-making; and (b) the adult’s right to adequate and appropriate support for decision-making. 7 Way purpose achieved This Act— Page 14 Current as at [Not applicable]
Not authorised —indicative only Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Chapter 2 Explanation [s 7A] (a) provides that an adult is presumed to have capacity for a matter; and (b) together with the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 , provides a comprehensive scheme to facilitate the exercise of power for financial matters and personal matters by or for an adult who needs, or may need, another person to exercise power for the adult; and (c) states principles to be observed by anyone performing a function or exercising a power under the scheme; and (d) encourages involvement in decision-making of the members of the adult’s existing support network; and (e) confers jurisdiction on the tribunal to administer particular aspects of the scheme; and (f) recognises the public trustee is available as a possible administrator for an adult with impaired capacity; and (g) provides for the appointment of the public advocate for systemic advocacy. 7A Relationship with Public Guardian Act 2014 This Act is to be read in conjunction with the Public Guardian Act 2014 which provides for the public guardian and the community visitor program (adult). 8 Relationship with Powers of Attorney Act 1998 (1) This Act is to be read in conjunction with the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 which provides a scheme by which— (a) by enduring power of attorney or advance health directive, an adult may authorise other persons to make particular decisions and do particular other things for the adult in relation to financial matters and personal matters at a time when the adult does not have capacity to do those things; and Current as at [Not applicable] Page 15
Not authorised —indicative only Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Chapter 2 Explanation [s 9] Note— Personal matters do not include special personal matters or special health matters—schedule 2, section 2. (b) by advance health directive, an adult may make directions for the adult’s future health care and special health care; and (c) a statutory health attorney is authorised to do particular things for an adult in particular circumstances in relation to health care. (2) If there is an inconsistency between this Act and the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 , this Act prevails. 9 Range of substitute decision-makers (1) This Act and the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 authorise the exercise of power for a matter for an adult with impaired capacity for the matter. (2) Depending on the type of matter involved, this may be done— (a) on an informal basis by members of the adult’s existing support network; or Note— Although this Act deals primarily with formal substituted decision-making, a decision or proposed decision of an informal decision-maker may be ratified or approved under section 154. (b) on a formal basis by 1 of the following— (i) an attorney for personal matters appointed by the adult under an enduring power of attorney or advance health directive under the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 ; (ii) an attorney for financial matters appointed by the adult under an enduring power of attorney under the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 ; (iii) a statutory health attorney under the Powers of Attorney Act 1998 ; (iv) a guardian appointed under this Act; Page 16 Current as at [Not applicable]
Not authorised —indicative only Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Chapter 2 Explanation [s 10] Note— A guardian may only be appointed for personal matters. (v) an administrator appointed under this Act; Note— An administrator may only be appointed for financial matters. (vi) the tribunal; (vii) the court. 10 Types of matter This Act categorises matters as follows— personal matter special personal matter special health matter financial matter. Note— Schedule 2 contains definitions of types of matters. 11 Application of presumption of capacity (1) If, in performing a function or exercising a power under this Act, the tribunal or the court is required to make a decision about an adult’s capacity for a matter, the tribunal or the court is to presume the adult has capacity for the matter until the contrary is proven. (2) If the tribunal or the court has appointed a guardian or an administrator for an adult for a matter, the guardian or administrator is not required to presume the adult has capacity for the matter. (3) If a declaration by the tribunal or the court that an adult has impaired capacity for a matter is in force, a person or other entity that performs a function or exercises a power under this Current as at [Not applicable] Page 17
Not authorised —indicative only Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 Chapter 2A Principles [s 11A] Act is entitled to rely on the declaration to presume that the adult does not have capacity for the matter