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People caring for someone with impaired decision making ability


Information for family, friends and service providers [PDF 731kb]
This booklet answers questions about the appointment and role of the Public Guardian. 

Making Decisions for You - Answers to your questions [PDF 601KB]

This booklet explains what happens when the Guardianship Division of NCAT appoints the Public Guardian as someone's guardian, and how the Public Guardian makes decisions about that person's life.

This booklet is available in:


How my guardian will make an accommodation decision for me [PDF 761kb]    
This is the story of Jodie, a young woman who has a guardian. The story explains how a decision is made about where Jodie should live. This is an easy english photo story in PDF format.

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


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

Application forms can be downloaded from the NCAT website (above).





Useful information for carers, family members and guardians about who can provide consent to medical and dental treatment can be found in our Person Responsible factsheet [PDF 84kb].

Our factsheets and helpful links pages provide other useful resources.