Making Decisions for Others

Knowing how to make decisions on behalf of another person requires an understanding of:

  • the rights of adults to be autonomous and in control of their own decision making
  • how to facilitiate adults making their own decisions
  • when it is appropriate for adults to be assisted with decision making or to have decisions made on their behalf

The Guardianship and Administration Act 1993 provides a set of principles to guide substitute decision making by guardians, administrators and by South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT).In addition to these principles, the OPA supports the addition of two other practice guidelines in its work

  • the presumption of capacity -ie - there needs to be evidence that an individual cannot make their own decisions before substitute decision making is used and
  • incapacity is decision specific- ie- there needs to be evidence that an individual cannot make a particular decision at a particular time before substitute decision making is used

Our document about Making Decsions for others is currently being updated.