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Take control of your future decision-making: an introduction

Take control of your future decision-making: an introduction

April 2021

This guide walks you through the process of planning for your future decision-making and explains your options.

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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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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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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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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 voice – Trust your choice: Tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney

July 2017

This free booklet is produced by the Office of the Public Advocate. It is for older people, and includes helpful tips, case studies, and sample wording to assist you to think about and make your enduring power of attorney.

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Compulsory treatment plan

Compulsory treatment plans: Do you need help from a lawyer?

September 2016

This free Easy English fact sheet is for people living at the Disability Forensic Assessment and Treatment Service. It can help them get ready for going to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal about a compulsory treatment plan.

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Supervised treatment order

Supervised treatment orders: do you need help from a lawyer?

September 2016

This free Easy English fact sheet can help you get ready for going to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal about a supervised treatment order.

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Are you on a treatment order?

July 2016

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

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