Royal Disability Commission examines routine custody orders

Custody and financial records should be a last resort. Instead, they are often and sometimes used without consulting the affected person.

(Image: Zennie/Private Media)
(Image: Zennie/Private Media)

It should be a last resort: a custody order issued to give an attorney, family member, or state representative the authority to make decisions on someone’s behalf, once a tribunal rules that they no longer have that capacity.

But as the Royal Disability Commission learned this week, the orders are routinely used due to time constraints, a misunderstanding of the system or simply to plug holes. The Committee has learned that those appointed as decision-makers lack the training, knowledge and time to properly represent persons under guardianship and guardianship.

A public trustee manages a person’s finances and often decides whether to sell someone’s house and how much money they can take out of their bank account each week. But Victorian man Uli Cartwright was placed under financial management simply because the employees of his group home were concerned about the amount of money he was spending on games. He was a teenager then.

Read more about Australia’s custody orders.

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