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OPA's 650 volunteers are from a variety of backgrounds, age groups, and communities. They fulfil their responsibilities with professionalism, compassion, and with the best interests of people with disability in mind at all times.

Volunteering for OPA could be right for you if you:

  • are seeking a challenging and rewarding voluntary role
  • want to make a difference to a person with disability
  • want to stand up for the rights of people with disability
  • are comfortable talking to people with disability or mental illness
  • can commit to a few hours each week for at least two years as a volunteer (all OPA volunteer roles are long-term) 
  • have good communication skills.
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Residential Notices under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) providers are required to enter into agreements with SDA residents and residents supported under the Commonwealth’s Continuity of Support program.

The options are:

  • entering into an SDA residency agreement
  • establishing an SDA residency agreement
  • entering into a residential tenancy agreement.

The SDA residency agreement retains some existing responsibilities for SDA providers previously held by Disability Service Providers under the Disability Act 2006. 

Where an SDA recipient has entered into an SDA residency agreement, The SDA provider may from time to time need to give notices to the resident or may receive notices from the resident.

 

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The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 sets out the process for health practitioners when a patient does not have decision-making capacity to consent to medical treatment.

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Guardianship and administration are a last resort, if there is no less restrictive alternative to protect and promote the human rights of an adult with disability. 

Intro text: Everyone has the right to play an active role in making decisions that affect them, and to receive the support they need to do so.
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Everyone has the right to play an active role in making decisions that affect them, and to receive the support they need to do so. The law says adults are presumed to have capacity to make their own decisions, unless it can be shown that they do not.

Planning for your future

Planning for your future, should there come a time when you are unable to make certain decisions, is about your important right, as an adult, to make your own decisions. For this reason, only you can plan for your future decision-making. No one else has the right to do this type of planning for you, although others can support you.

Colleen Pearce mediumEveryone has the right to play an active role in making decisions that affect them, and to receive the support they need to do so.

The law says adults are presumed to have capacity to make their own decisions, unless it can be shown that they do not.

Wherever possible, people should be supported to make their own decisions about:

  • where they live
  • how to spend their money
  • who they see
  • the activities they do
  • the services they receive
  • the medical treatment they receive.

Planning for your future

Planning for your future decision-making, should there come a time when you are unable to make certain decisions, is about your important right, as an adult, to make your own decisions.

For this reason, only you can plan for your future decision-making. No one else has the right to do this type of planning for you, although others can support you.