A recent Australian Government committee reviewing the Barriers to older Australians accessing legal services found that:

Older Australians require access to legal services for a number of reasons, including wills and powers of attorney, property and accommodation issues, family law matters involving grandchildren, health services, consumer and


Many older people are reluctant to provide family members with all the details of bank accounts, insurance policies, their Will etc. This can make it very difficult for their carers who may ultimately need to take over responsibility for their day-to-day care and at a later stage organise their funeral etc.

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The following information relates to the roles of the Public Guardian/Public Adult Advocate depending on which State or Territory you live in. The laws relating to the administration of Guardianship vary in each State and Territory so you should be sure to contact the appropriate agency for your situation.

A Guardian is a legally designated

It is likely that there will come a time when an older person may no longer be legally competent to make decisions. It is important to ensure that before this happens, an arrangement is made to give an enduring power of attorney to someone trusted to make decisions for the older person. This precaution ensures that the designated person is legally

Having a will means that a person's assets and belongings will be left to specified relatives, friends, or charities. If someone dies without making a will (that is, dies intestate) the law provides a formula that establishes who is entitled to their property. However, the formula may not necessarily distribute the person's assets in a way that he

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By registering to become an organ donor you could be making the greatest gift one human being can give another – the gift of life. There are almost 2000 people in Australia on organ transplant waiting lists at any given time. Some of them will die waiting. The Australian Organ Donor Register is Australia's only national organ and tissue donor

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Older people (and others) have the right to make their own decisions about how they are cared for, and the way in which they are treated when they are sick. This is especially important for those who may have a terminal illness or develop dementia.

It is therefore a good idea to plan ahead and to make a record of their preferences in terms of