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Guardianship and administration: an introduction

Guardianship and administration: an introduction

March 2020

This guide provides an overview of the new legislation, when guardianship or administration will be considered, and the roles and responsibilities of guardians and administrator

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Supported decision-making in Victoria: an introduction

Supported decision-making in Victoria: an introduction

March 2020

This guide explains ways adults in Victoria can appoint another person to support them in making decisions. This lets others know the person has authority to support you and overcomes privacy concerns.

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Are you on a treatment order? (Macedonian)

November 2019

A free booklet containing information about treatment orders, revoking your order and getting free legal help.

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Are you on a treatment order? (Dari)

November 2019

A free booklet containing information about treatment orders, revoking your order and getting free legal help.

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Are you on a treatment order? (Persian)

November 2019

A free booklet containing information about treatment orders, revoking your order and getting free legal help.

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Going to a Mental Health Tribunal hearing

February 2019

This free booklet contains information about preparing for Mental Health Tribunal hearings.

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Law help guide 2018

Law help guide

January 2019

This free guide produced by the Victoria Law Foundation includes information and contact details to help people find free or low-cost legal services, complaint or dispute settlement services and private lawyers.

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Support for justice. A guide for people with a disability, their support professionals, family carers, friends and advocates

December 2018

This free publication has been produced for people living with a disability, their support professionals, family carers, friends and advocates in Victoria. It has plain language and easy-to-read information about the law and your rights, and contact details of organisations you can call if you need some help. Support for justice is designed for supported reading. It works best if a person with a disability and a supporter read it together.

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Side by side

March 2018

This free booklet, published by the Office of the Public Advocate, for people with disability and people who support people with disability, explains how to appoint a supportive attorney and includes the form.

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Take Control

Take control

March 2018

This free booklet, published by the Office of the Public Advocate, explains how to make powers of attorney and guardianship and includes the forms.

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Abuse is not OK

March 2018

This is an Easy English resource that helps people understand what is abuse and where to get help.

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Your life, your choice - Planning for your future

August 2017

You have the right to make your own decisions. But, in the future, you might have an accident or illness that means you can't make decisions about your medical care or personal and financial matters. Learn about how you can choose someone now to make these types of decisions for you, if this happens.

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Your life, your choice - Planning for your future by making powers of attorney

August 2017

You have the right to make your own decisions. But, in the future, you might have an accident or illness that means you can't make decisions about your personal and financial matters. This fact sheet explains how you can choose someone now to make these types of decisions for you, if this happens.

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Your life, your choice - Medical treatment decisions

August 2017

You have the right to make your own decisions. But in the future, you might have an accident or illness that means you can't make decisions about you medical treatment. This fact sheet explains different ways you can help your family and doctors know what you want or do not want, if you get sick.

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Your life, your choice - Guardianship and Administration

August 2017

You have the right to make your own decisions. But if you cannot make decisions for yourself, due to disability or illness, and you do not have a power of attorney, you may need a guardian. This fact sheet explains when and how a guardian or administrator may be appointed.

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