Powers of attorney
About powers of attorney
Powers of attorney are legal documents that let someone choose another person who can make decisions for them. Powers of attorney give choice and control. Enduring powers of attorney are a type of power of attorney. They ‘endure’ (continue) even when the person who made them is unable to make their own decisions about matters.
Anyone can experience an accident or illness that affects their ability to make decisions. For this reason, the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) recommends everyone over the age of 18 years consider making enduring powers of attorney.
Enduring powers of attorney can promote the dignity and rights of a person who is unable to make their own decisions about matters. This can only happen if the people appointed understand their role and responsibilities. OPA provides advice for people appointed under powers of attorney so that they can carry out their duties according to the law.
Not sure where to start?
Plan your future care
Part of planning for the future is to make choices now in case of accident or illness.
Make a power of attorney
There are different powers of attorney and choosing the right one is important.
Protection from abuse
The Guardianship List of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has responsibility for enduring powers of attorney and ensuring that attorneys, medical agents and enduring guardians fulfil their role and responsibilities.
If you have an urgent concern, contact the OPA Advice Service.