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If you can’t make your own decisions

There might be a time when you can’t make your own decisions.

For example, some people who are very old can’t make decisions on their own anymore.

Or, sometimes people get very sick.

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In case this happens, you can choose someone you trust to make decisions for you that you would agree with.

This person is called your guardian.

A woman with disability choosing a guardian

Your guardian can make decisions about things like:

  • where you will live
  • how you will be cared for

what medical treatment you will have.

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Your guardian can’t make decisions about your:

  • money
  • assets – things that have value, like your bank account, car or house.
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You can also make a Power of Attorney.

A Power of Attorney is a legal document you can use to choose someone to make decisions for you.

Power of attorney document

You can make:

  • a General Power of Attorney – this can only be used for a short amount of time, for example, if you’re going overseas
  • an Enduring Power of Attorney – this can be used for when you aren’t able to make your own decisions anymore.
A General Power of Attorney document and an Enduring Power of Attorney document

Choosing a guardian and making a Power of Attorney can be hard.

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You can ask for help from a disability advocate.

An advocate is someone who helps you to speak up for yourself.

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You can learn more about finding a disability advocate on the Australian Government Disability Advocacy Finder website.

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Download the WWDA Easy English Book: Your Right to Make Choices to learn more about support with decisions.

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