Guardianship and Administration

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Administrators are appointed by an order of VCAT (administration order) to make decisions about a client's legal and financial matters, including access by the client to their money, managing investments, selling property or paying bills.

The definition of administrator is 'the person named as administrator in an administration order'.

It is also possible to apply for a temporary administration order to be imposed fora period not exceeding 21 days. Such an order might be imposed in the case of an emergency financial situation, for example, when an auction needs to be stopped or an account frozen.  Note that there may be extra costs associated with a temporary administration order in that, if appointed, State Trustees may charge $140 per hour (see p 3) for action taken under a temporary administration order.