Parliamentary Secretary Gabrielle Williams launches 'first of its kind' Guide to Supported Decision-Making in Victoria
Gabrielle Williams, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Carers and Volunteers, officially launched the Office of the Public Advocate's (OPA's) Supported Decision-Making in Victoria: A guide for families and carers on Thursday, 2 February at OPA's offices in Carlton.
The launch was attended by more than 60 "Ambassadors for Supported Decision-Making", as described by the Public Advocate Colleen Pearce, including leaders and staff from disability advocacy organisations, community visitors and the Victorian government.
Ms Williams said the guide, which outlines how people with disability can appoint someone to support them to make decisions through currently under-utilised provisions of four existing Victorian laws, fills a vital gap for families and carers of a person with disabilities who want to support them in making their own decisions.
"I often meet carers of adults with disabilities who want to support them in in making their own decisions but don't know how to go about it. This is a fantastic resource for them and I commend OPA for taking the initiative to develop this vital resource."
The guide includes best practice advice and case studies showing how each of the four different types of legal-based provisions work.
Guide promotes human rights
The Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce said supported decision-making is one of the most important human rights.
"Everyone has the right to receive the support they need to make their own decisions," Ms Pearce said.
"Supported decision-making has been promoted in a range of places, most importantly in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."
Ms Pearce thanked everyone involved in developing the publications including Anne Muldowney, Vanessa Thomas and Rachel Vanstone of Carers Victoria, Helen Makregiorgos of the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service, and Stella Koritsas of Scope.
Guide to NDIS decision-making
Ms Williams also paid tribute to OPA's just-released Guide to NDIS decision-making: when a decision can be made by, with, or for an adult with significant cognitive disability.
“Victoria’s public advocates have been at the forefront of promoting and protecting the rights of people with a disability for 30 years and I thank the OPA for these new resources that help them and their carers.”
Download the resources
- Supported Decision-Making in Victoria: A guide for families and carers
- Guide to NDIS decision-making: when a decision can be made by, with, or for an adult with significant cognitive disability
Ministerial press release