The Victorian Law Reform Commission is to review and report on the desirability of changes to the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 (the Act), having regard to:
- the principle of respect for the inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons, and the other General Principles and provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the United Nations Convention);
- the introduction of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities;
- developments in policy and practice in respect of persons with impaired decision making capacity since the Act commenced;
- the increase in Victoria’s ageing population and the changing demographic nature of the clients of the Office of the Public Advocate.
The purpose of the review is to ensure that guardianship and administration law in Victoria is responsive to the needs of people with an impaired decision making capacity, and advances, promotes and protects the rights of people with an impaired decision making capacity.