Guardianship and Administration

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Parties to the hearings and attendance at the hearing

In accordance with sections 19 and 43 of the Guardianship Act, the client and any person proposed as a guardian or an administrator are automatically parties to the proceedings. The person bringing the application is also a party to proceedings.

The applicant must attend the VCAT hearing and it is important that the client is also present (if possible and appropriate) so that they can give their views about the application.  It may be necessary for a carer, relative or friend to arrange transport for the client to the VCAT hearing.  If the client needs an interpreter, then it is important to inform VCAT in the application. Similarly, if the client is, for example, hearing impaired or has any other condition which might affect their behaviour during the hearing, then you make the VCAT Member aware of this before they commence the hearing.