Powers of attorney
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Powers of attorney are legal documents that let you choose someone who can make decisions for you. Powers of attorney give you choice and control.
They let you to choose who you trust to make decisions for you if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. There are four different powers: three enduring powers and one general power. The type of power determines the types of decisions you can give other people to make for you.
Changes to the law
Powers of attorney laws in Victoria will change on 1 September 2015.
The enduring power of attorney (medical treatment) form will stay the same.
For more information about the changes, see the Department of Justice and Regulation website.
OPA's powers of attorney publications
OPA's powers of attorney publications, including Take control, are being updated to reflect these new laws, and are currently not available to be ordered online.
New powers of attorney publications will be available in September.
You can still download copies of OPA's current powers of attorney publications from this website.
Making powers of attorney or guardianship before the law changes
Any power of attorney or guardianship made before 1 September 2015 will be valid after 1 September 2015.
If you need to make a power of attorney or guardianship before 1 September 2015, you can:
OPA and powers of attorney
The Office of the Public Advocate strongly recommends everyone over 18 years consider making powers of attorney.
OPA provides a range of information regarding powers of attorney, including advice on:
- which power is right for you
- why you should appoint powers of attorney
- how to appoint powers of attorney
- how to revoke powers of attorney.
OPA, in partnership with Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), provides a range of forms, fact sheets and guides to making powers of attorney. This includes Take Control: a kit for making powers of attorney. This step by step guide is available from both OPA and VLA.
OPA promotes the informed use of enduring powers of attorney, financial, medical and guardianship, as a way a competent person can appoint others to make decisions and manage their affairs in the event they are unable to make decisions for themselves.
Frequently asked questions
Click on the questions below to find out more information about powers of attorney.
Why would I need a power of attorney?
Enduring powers and general power of attorney; which one is right for you?
What is an Enduring Power of Guardianship?
What kinds of decisions can I give other people the power to make?
Who can witness statutory declarations in Victoria?