How an administrator is appointed in Tasmania?

An administrator can be appointed by the Tasmanian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) to help an adult with impaired decision-making ability to make financial and legal decisions.

Very few people require a Tribunal order.  Generally an application is only required if there is a problem that cannot be solved without a legally appointed decision-maker.

For example:

  • complex financial transactions (e.g. sale of a house, restrictions on an investment account) are required on behalf of the person and the person has lost capacity to make those transactions
  • a person with a disability is being neglected, exploited or abused
  • disputes arise within a family (or between a family and service providers) about the kind of support a person with a disability needs and who should provide it

If a person has planned ahead while they had capacity and prepared a registered enduring power of attorney their appointed attorney will make their financial and legal decisions.

Who can make an application to appoint an administrator?

Anyone who has a genuine concern for the welfare of a person with impaired decision-making ability can make an application to the Tribunal. This may be a family member, a friend, a care worker or the individual themselves.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the Tribunal office on 1800 657 500 to discuss whether a formal application is the appropriate course or if other less restrictive alternatives should be pursued.

For more information about the application process please go to the Tasmanian Civil & Administrative Tribunal’s website

Who can be appointed as an administrator?

Before appointment as Administrator a person must meet criteria set out in the Guardianship and Administration Act.

If there is no family member or friend who meets those criteria, the Board can appoint the Public Trustee as the administrator for the person.

If there is an emergency administration order, only the Public Trustee can be appointed.

For more information on the Public Trustee’s role as a Finacial Administration please view our video

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