Guardians do not have the right to make all your decisions.
The law says that guardians should only make important and complex decisions.
Important decisions can be thought of as decisions that are hard to undo. They are decisions that will have a big impact on your life.
Complex decisions have many options. They may involve many people. Or large amounts of money.
A Guardianship Order will say which decisions your guardian is able to make for you.
They might be decisions about your health, your home or your finances.
Guardians would not usually be allowed to make decisions about what you wear or who you spend time with.
In Australia each state and territory has its own Guardianship Laws.
Find out more about Guardianship.
Contact the Guardianship Tribunal in your state or territory.
Guardians are asked by the court to be aware of the things that you would like.
These are known as your expressed wishes.
You may have also heard it called your will and preference.
When guardians decide they make a decision that they believe that is in your best interest.
Best interest decisions are made to protect you from harm.
Your expressed wish may not be the same as what your guardian believes is in your best interest.
The best guardians are those who listen to you. They find out your wishes before making a decision for you.
The more you practise the more decisions you will be able to make on your own.
With practise and support you can make more decisions for yourself.
Skills learnt using this web site can help your guardian know what you want.
A decision supporter can help you to make sure that your guardain listens to you.
If you make a decision using the tool on this web site you can make a decision map.
A decision map shows your decision and how you made it.
Show your decision map to your guardain you are able to make decisions.
Guardianship orders are regularly reviewed by the court.
They are reviewed so that the court can decide if you still need a guardain.
Show your decision map to a court so it can see that you
Remember that guardianship is not for ever. When a court or tribunal sees that you are able to decide for youself your guardianship order may not be renewed.