You can choose to give someone you know and trust the power to make decisions for you in the event you are unable to communicate your preferences or can no longer make decisions.
Depending on the state or territory, they may be called
an enduring guardian
a person responsible
The authority you give them may include
the power to make decisions about your financial and legal affairs
decisions about your lifestyle (including where you live) and medical treatment.
A guardian/substitute decision-maker still need to act in line with your wishes and preferences.
If you lose your decision-making ability and you have not already formally appointed someone to manage your affairs, a guardianship board or tribunal can appoint a guardian and/or administrator on your behalf.
The laws are different in each state and territory (see below).
State and territory laws on substitute-decision makers
Visit the relevant website to view the laws in your state or territory.
ACT - Public Trustee and Guardian
Learn more about permanent and secure Trustee, Guardianship and Administration services for the Australian Capital Territory.
Advance Personal Planning replaces enduring power of attorney in the Northern Territory. An Advance Personal Plan is a legal document that will set out your future health, financial and life choices should you be unable to make decisions for yourself.
The Office of the Public Advocate in Western Australia provides access to advocacy, guardianship and administration services which protect and promote the financial interests and welfare of adults who require support with decision-making.