Supported decision-making in Queensland

There is increasing recognition that the adult guardianship system’s focus on substitute decision-making must shift to the supports that should be provided to enable people to make decisions for themselves and exercise their legal capacity.

In many respects, this shift has its origins in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, more recently the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws and contemporary discourse has continued to prompt advances on this topic.

In 2016, the Public Advocate tabled a report in the Queensland Parliament. This project examined how well Queensland’s guardianship system upholds people’s rights to make their own decisions.

The outcomes of this work are presented in the report Decision-making support and Queensland’s guardianship system (PDF, 2.3 MB).

Find this report and other resources on this website page.