Guardianship and Administration Board
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BOARD OPERATIONS - COVID-19
The Guardianship and Administration Board is monitoring the Commonwealth and State Governments and Public Health advice relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Board is operating as usual while taking necessary action in accordance with advice from Public Health to protect the health, safety and welfare of members, registry staff and parties to proceedings.
The following measures have been implemented, with immediate effect, to prevent and minimise the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the operations of the Board.
Up to the 31 March 2020 attendance at hearing by telephone, rather than in person, is actively encouraged.
- From 15 April, the Registry will be open from 9am - 3pm only.
- Hearings from 1 April 2020 will be conducted by telephone. In order to participate in hearings by telephone, parties and interested persons will be required to provide to the Board Registry a preferred telephone number no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing.
- In a small number of cases, only in accordance with public health information and if social distancing is available, the President or a presiding Board may determine that it is preferable for there to be physical attendance at a hearing. In such matters only parties and essential persons should attend the hearing.
- All non-essential meetings, or training will either be held by telephone, by Skype or deferred, as appropriate.
- Persons are to communicate with the Registry by email and by telephone. Applications are to be lodged by email wherever possible.
- Members of the public should try to limit personal attendance at the Board Registry. If a party has documents to file, these should be sent to the Board Registry by email or post.
IMPORTANTLY, DO NOT enter the Board’s premises if you are unwell, have returned from overseas within the past 14 days, been advised to self-isolate or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.
To respect the rights of people with disabilities to make their own decisions wherever possible, and when it is not possible, to ensure that processes that we employ are accessible, impartial, expeditious, highly competent and result in just decisions by the Board.
The Board will:
- operate in accordance with the law and in a manner sensitive to the needs of its users
- make decisions that reflect the rights and interests of people with decision-making disabilities, their families and carers, and the Tasmanian community
- be an efficient, effective and highly skilled independent tribunal