Changes to guardianship legislation in Victoria commence on 1 March 2020.
Described by Attorney-General Jill Hennessy as ‘the biggest changes to Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in more than 30 years‘, the amendments are aimed at ensuring greater protections for adults with a disability who have impaired capacity to make and participate in decisions that affect their lives.
As a result of the new legislation commentaries in the following By Lawyers Guides have been updated:
- Letters of Administration;
- Powers and Advance Care Directives;
- County Court – Acting for the plaintiff and Acting for the defendant;
- Magistrates Court – Acting for the plaintiff;
- Supreme Court – Acting for the plaintiff and Acting for the defendant; and
- Personal Injury.
When announcing the amendments, the Attorney General stated that: ‘The changes reflect a more modern understanding of decision-making capacity and disability, and ensure that a person’s will and preferences are followed where possible and appropriate.’
The updates to our Guides were overseen by our highly experienced author Rossyln Curnow.
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