Office of the Public Advocate and State Trustees release new edition of the Administration Guide
Pictured (from left): VCAT President, Justice Greg Garde, AO RFD; VCAT Deputy President, Human Rights Division, Genevieve Nihill; Victoria's Public Advocate Colleen Pearce; State Tustees CEO Craig Dent.
The Office of the Public Advocate and State Trustees have released an updated and revised Administration Guide; an informative and helpful publication for administrators who are authorised under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 to manage the legal and financial affairs of another person.
The guide was officially launched by Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) President, Justice Greg Garde, AO RFD, on Tuesday 3 June 2017 at the William Cooper Justice Centre this afternoon.
The Administration Guide provides administrators with clear guidelines as to what can be expected when acting in the best interests of a represented person. The guide is immediately available for administrators appointed by VCAT and can be downloaded from the OPA website.
This informative and comprehensive guide is written with every Victorian in mind, with plain language and less legal jargon. The guide also includes templates, and recommended steps for administrator’s to take in the first weeks of being appointed.
Victoria's Public Advocate Colleen Pearce said: "This guide will help family and carers and others appointed as administrators by VCAT for people with decision-making disabilities fulfil their important role. It is also an important safeguarding mechanism to ensure the legal and financial rights of the person with a disability are respected.”
State Trustees CEO Craig Dent said: “We at State Trustees are honoured to have partnered with the Office of the Public Advocate in updating this resource, which I believe is a valuable asset to any administrator."