Enduring Power of AttorneyAn Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) is a formal document giving another person the authority to make personal and/or financial decisions on someone’s behalf.
- Personal decisions relate to care and welfare, including where or with whom someone lives, what services may assist them with day to day activities, and their health care, (e.g. consenting to medical treatment).
- Financial decisions relate to the management of finances (e.g. paying bills and taxes, selling or renting the home, using income to pay for needs or the investment of money).
Decision Making and the General PrinciplesAn attorney acting in their role must make decisions on behalf of the person they represent in alignment with the General Principles and the Health Care Principles. For information on these see Guardianship and Administration Rights
An adult with impaired capacity has the same human rights as other adults.
The right to make decisions is fundamental to the person’s dignity and includes the right to make decisions with which others may not agree.
These rights are protected by the General Principles and the Health Care Principle which every attorney must apply when acting or making a decision for the person.
The General Principles provide a set of rules to guide attorneys in fulfilling their duties and obligations to the person.
Further InformationPublic Guardian Factsheet
Public Trustee Information
ADA Australia EPOA Information and Resources
- Includes organisational resources such as intake assessment flowcharts and guiding principles