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QCAT launches new website to aid guardianship and administration applications

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) today launched a new website designed to better inform and assist parties and the public about the guardianship and administration application and hearing process.

QCAT President Justice Martin Daubney AM, speaking at the launch of the website this morning, said the tribunal had undertaken a review and redesign of the website to enable a guided approach for guardianship matters and had simplified and streamlined the information available to users.

He said the changes would help members of the public, their service providers and other critical areas within the guardianship jurisdiction to equip themselves with relevant and reliable information; to decide if they needed to apply to QCAT; to prepare for the hearing; and to understand the roles and responsibilities once a guardianship and administration order was made.

“Guardianship is one of QCAT’s largest jurisdictions, and with an ageing population as well as reforms in the aged and disability sectors, the guardianship list is only becoming bigger and busier,” Justice Daubney said.

“The improved access to information is aimed to help QCAT provide appropriate and crucial information for some of our most vulnerable Queenslanders and those that support them.”

Justice Daubney said three short guardianship web videos had also been produced to inform people about the hearing process and what to expect before, during and after the hearing.

In addition, there had been a review and redesign of the guardianship forms to ensure they met the requirements of recent Guardianship and Administration Act legislative changes, including the development of a new Missing Persons application form.

“The update and creation of these new guardianship resources have been put together to ensure the information needs of the community are met and that it is presented in an accessible way,” he said.

See the revamped website, forms and view the videos at qcat.qld.gov.au.

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