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Conditions of Appointment

You can:

  • Appoint one Substitute Decision-Maker to make all your decisions.
  • Appoint two or more Substitute Decision-Makers and write down what types of decisions they can make (e.g. health care decisions).
  • Appoint two or more Substitute Decision-Makers and request that they make all decisions together.

If you do not specify, your Substitute Decision-Maker(s) will be able to make decisions either together or separately.

This will mean that if only one Substitute Decision-Maker can be contacted a decision can still be made, but if two or more are available they can make a decision together.

If you decide that you want your Substitute Decision-Makers to make all decisions together, please state this in the space provided on Part 2b of the Form.
But remember:

  • This may make the decision-making process slower as all Substitute Decision-Makers will need to agree.
  • There is also the chance your Substitute Decision-Makers may not agree.

In this section you might also wish to:

  • Write down the names of people your Substitute Decision-Maker must talk to when making decisions for you – for example family members, close friends, religious adviser or Aboriginal Elders.
  • Write down the name of your Enduring Power of Attorney (someone you have appointed to make financial and legal decisions) if you have one. Your Substitute Decision-Maker will need to speak to your Financial Attorney if decisions they make on your behalf, might affect your finances.
A health practitioner is only responsible for contacting one Substitute Decision-Maker (whoever they can reach). Your Substitute Decision-Maker is responsible for contacting other Substitute Decision-Makers if you have appointed more than one.