Rights

In implementing the policy intention of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993 the OPA takes the view that guardianship and other forms of third party decision making which inherently involve a loss of personal rights, should only be invoked after effort has been made to assist and support an individual to make their own decisions. 

Even where a substitute decision maker is appointed, it is the view of the OPA, in keeping with the principles of the Guardianship and Administration Act, that a protected person should have their own informed decisions acted on  if they are able to make them.

The OPA has participated in several projects which promote a rights based approach to working with people with disabilities. Links to thse project reports are listed here: