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The Private Guardian Support Unit (PGSU) [PDF 133kb]
produces a number of publications to assist private and enduring guardians in their roles. Contact the PGSU during business hours on 02 8688 6060 or (freecall for country callers) 1800 451 510 for assistance or more information.


A guide for enduring and private guardians

Now You're the Guardian - A guide for people appointed as guardians under the Guardianship Act 1987      [PDF 941kb]
This booklet answers some of the most commonly asked questions about guardianship in NSW and helps guardians through the decision making process.

Consenting to medical and dental treatment

Substitute Consent; what the law says. Part 5 NSW Guardianship Act 1987 [PDF 332kb]
This booklet details the legal process for seeking and giving (or withholding) consent to medical and dental treatment for people who lack the capacity to consent for themselves.

Enduring Guardianship

Enduring Guardianship in New South Wales - Your Way to Plan Ahead  [Revised 2017 PDF 914kb]

Enduring guardianship is a legal tool that allows you to appoint someone to make health and lifestyle decisions for you when you can't do this for yourself. These forms can be downloaded and used if you are planning on appointing or revoking an enduring guardian, or resigning as an enduring guardian.


The 'Capacity Toolkit', [PDF 1Mb] produced by the Department of Attorney General and Justice, provides information about capacity and how to decide if a person has the capacity to make their own decisions. Our website has further information on capacity and guardianship.

Applications for Guardianship and/or financial management

The Guardianship Division of NCAT determines applications for:
  • guardianship
  • financial management
  • consent to medical and dental treatment
  • approval of clinical trials
  • reviews of enduring powers of attorney
  • reviews of an enduring guardianship appointments
Please visit the NCAT website (above) to download the application forms.


Onguard: a newsletter for private and enduring guardians                

Onguard is regularly distributed to Private guardians and those who request to be on our mailing list. Please contact us on if you would like to be included on our mailing list.

New Integrated Carer Support Service Issue II 2019 (pdf 189) 

New Ageing and Disability Commissioner for NSW Issue 1 2019 (pdf 223KB)

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Issue 3 2018 (pdf 180KB)

Twenty years of support to private and enduring guardians Issue 2 2018 (pdf 299KB)

Advance Care Planning: the role of a guardian Issue 1 2018 (pdf 237KB)

NSW Fair Trading and the NDIS Issue 2 2017 (pdf 508KB)

Major Changes in Aged Care
Issue 1 2017
(pdf 767 kb)

Supported Decision Making Autumn 2016 (pdf 882KB)

Aged Care Reform & NDIS updates Spring 2015 (pdf 727KB)

Use of Restraints in Nursing Homes Autumn 2015 (pdf 461KB)

Supported Decision Making Summer 2014 (pdf 707KB)

Services Function Autumn 2014 (pdf 248KB)

Accommodation Function Spring 2013 [241kb]

Recognition of your Legal Guardianship Winter 2013 [1MB]

Guardianship Tribunal Hearings Autumn 2013 [397kb]

Human Rights Summer 2012 [529kb]

Working the System July 2012 [PDF 505kb]

Advocacy Issues May 2012 [PDF 451kb]

Planning Ahead January 2012 [PDF 395kb]

Health Care Matters October 2011 [PDF 450kb]

Legal Eagle June 2011  [PDF 259kb]

National Disability Insurance Scheme April 2011[PDF 259kb]



Contact sheet - agencies providing services to people with disabilities and their supports [PDF 45kb]