Most people with a disability don't need a guardian and they can be supported to make their own decisions. However if a person has a disability which affects their ability to weigh up information to make a decision in their best interests, even with support, they may need a guardian.
There may also be a need for a guardian when:
the person does not have anyone who can help them make a decision
family and friends disagree about what is in the best interests of the person
there are no appropriate arrangements already in place to assist or support the person to make a decision
there are legal requirements, such as the need for someone to provide valid consent to behaviour intervention with an element of restraint
the person with a disability is at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation as a result of their lifestyle or because of the actions of other people involved in their life.
If you think you know someone who may need a guardian you can
contact us or the
Guardianship Tribunal for more information.