Get help with guardianship and administration orders

Get help with guardianship and administration orders

If you have to go to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for an administration or guardianship order hearing, or already have an order, you can get legal help to work out your options.

Call us for free information about the law and how we can help you. 

Phone 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm.

If you need an interpreter let us know.

You can speak with one of our lawyers about your guardianship or administration order. Our lawyers can give you advice about your matter and explain your rights. This is free.

Our lawyers may also be able to help you get ready for your hearing and speak for you at VCAT on the day.

Other organisations that can help

Legal services

Your local community legal centre can give you legal information and advice. Most services are free.

Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service is a Victorian community legal centre located in Geelong that works on disability related legal issues. They work mostly for people who have an intellectual disability.

The Law Institute of Victoria can refer you to a private lawyer who can give you legal advice and represent you in court.

Office of the Public Advocate

The Office of the Public Advocate provides information, advice and assistance about enduring powers of attorney and guardianship and consent to medical and dental treatment.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Guardianship List of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal makes orders (such as guardianship and administration orders) for people aged over 18 who may not be able to make reasonable decisions about themselves, their circumstances, or their financial and legal affairs.

If VCAT has made a guardianship or administration order, it will have a file about your case. You can ask VCAT to look at your file. VCAT should give you enough time to look at your file so you can get ready for your hearing. There may be some information in your file you cannot see if VCAT has a good reason. You may also need to pay a fee to see your file. In some circumstances VCAT can decide not to charge you a fee. You can ask for this to happen.

Financial services

If VCAT makes an administration order, it may appoint a consultant from State Trustees to be your personal financial administrator.

If you need information or help looking after your finances such as how to budget or pay debts, Money Help can give you free financial information and referral to a financial counsellor.

Complaints

The Victorian Ombudsman enquires into or investigates administrative actions taken by:

  • a government department
  • a public statutory body or
  • any member of staff of a municipal council.

This includes complaints against State Trustees and the Office of the Public Advocate.