Fees charged by the Board
Fees are only charged on the registration of enduring guardianships, revocations of enduring guardianships, the examination of administrator's annual statements of account and photocopying.
Is there a cost for making an application?
No. There is no fee for making an application to the Board. This means that the following applications do not attract a fee:
- Requests for advice and direction by a guardian or administrator
- Review of any existing orders
- Review of an enduring power of attorney
- Review of an enduring guardianship
- Requests for advice and direction by an enduring guardian or an enduring power of attorney
- Statutory Wills
- Approval of a Restrictive Intervention
- Consent for medical or dental treatment
- Investigation and hearing of these applications is also still free.
Fees are only charged on the registration of enduring guardianships, revocations and searches of enduring guardianships, the examination of administrator's annual statements of account and photocopying.
What will it cost?
The proposed fees are as follows:
Fee @ $1.65 per fee unit
Registration of an enduring guardianship
Registration of revocation of an enduring guardianship
Certified copy of an instrument appointing an enduring guardianship
Examination of an administrator's annual statements of account
Examination of the Public Trustee's annual statements of account
|Photocopies of documents||2||$3.30|
How do I pay these fees?
Fees are payable at any Service Tasmania branch. You can pay in cash, cheque or by credit card (excluding American Express).
What if I cannot afford to pay $74.25 to register an enduring guardianship?
You can ask the Board to consider waiving the fees for registration of your enduring guardianship. Please complete the waiver of fees form.
Why am I being charged for submitting the administrator's annual statement of accounts?
The Board will charge $194.70 for each annual statement of accounts by an administrator at the time that the statement is approved by the Board. This is to cover the costs of reconciliation of the statements, verification and approval by the Compliance Officer and a Board member. If the estate that you administer has less than $50,000.00 (excluding the represented person's personal effects and their place of residence or a residence at which their children reside), no fee needs to be paid.
Who pays the fee on an administrator's annual statement of accounts?
The fee is payable from the estate of the represented person. It is not payable personally by the Administrator.
When do I pay the fee on the administrator's annual statement of accounts?
Once your statement has been assessed, the Compliance Officer will send you an invoice which is payable at any Service Tasmania branch. The statement of accounts will not be approved until payment has been received.
What if the represented person's estate cannot afford to pay the fees on the administrator's annual statement of accounts?
The fees are means tested and a represented person with an estate with less than $50,000.00 (excluding the represented person's principal residence and their personal effects) in value will not be required to pay a fee.
If the estate has greater than $50,000.00 (excluding the represented person's principal residence and their personal effects) but there are special reasons why the person cannot afford to pay $194.70, you can ask the Board to waive any of the fees charged by demonstrating hardship.
Service Tasmania staff will assist you to complete the request for hardship consideration.
How were these fees calculated?
The fees were calculated after a study of the actual cost of the work done for each of these functions. Additionally, the Department of Justice compared those fees to comparable fees charged interstate. In setting these fees, we are satisfied that the fees are fair, that they accurately reflect the cost of work done with respect to these functions and are attuned to interstate comparators.
What happens to the fees paid to Service Tasmania?
Fees generated by the Board will be applied directly back to fund the functions of the Board.
I already pay fees to the Public Trustee, why are there additional fees?
Clients of the Public Trustee will be charged a lesser rate for the examination of administrator's statements of accounts. The regular fee is $194.70 but clients of the Public Trustee will only pay $137.77. This is in recognition that these clients pay for the professional services of the Public Trustee to audit and monitor accounts and therefore the work of the Board with respect to these accounts is less onerous than it is with private administrators.