NT draft Guardianship of Adults Bill consultation

New legislation to reform and modernise adult guardianship in the Northern Territory was released for public consultation today.


The new legislation, known as the “Guardianship of Adults Bill 2016”, is to recognise the overall wellbeing, human rights and fundamental freedoms of adults with impaired decision-making capacity. It will align with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Person with Disabilities.


Extensive stakeholder and public consultation will occur throughout February and will include community briefings to be held in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.


The consultation period is an opportunity for all stakeholders and the general community to participate in the finalisation of the legislation.


Impaired decision-making capacity can affect any person at any time in their life. This Bill provides peace of mind that there is legislation in place to protect the rights of adults with impaired decision-making capacity.


It also provides guidance and more certainty to guardians of adults as to how they may exercise their authority under a guardianship order.


The Guardianship of Adults Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation drafted to:

  • provide a contemporary decision-making framework, similar to other states in Australia

  • transfer jurisdiction from the Local Court to the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT)

  • establish an independent statutory officer as the Public Guardian

  • establish an independent Office of the Public Guardian

  • introduce comprehensive guardianship principles.

Stakeholders are encouraged to see http://www.health.nt.gov.au/ for more information on the draft “Guardianship of Adults Bill 2016” and to download the Draft Bill, the Fact Sheets and the Explanatory Paper.


Feedback can be provided at the forums, via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and through an online survey. All feedback and submissions are due no later than Monday 29 February 2016.


Upcoming community briefings:

Darwin: 5pm, 8 February 2016, Rydges Airport Hotel, 2 Sir Norman Brearley Drive, Marrara

Katherine: 5pm, 9 February 2016, Knotts Crossing Resort

Gove: 10:30am, 12 February 2016, Walkabout Lodge, Gulf Room

Tennant Creek: 5pm, 17 February 2016, Karguru Conference Room, Training NT Regional Centre

Alice Springs: 5pm, 18 February 2016, Ground Floor Aurora Building, Todd Mall.


2 February 2016.