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.