ACT inquiry into Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991
The ACT Law Reform Advisory Council has been asked by Attorney General, Simon Corbell to inquire into the terms and operation of the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991 (ACT) to ensure that it reflects best practice in guardianship law relating to adults. The Council has been told to 'have regard to the General Principles established in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ('CRPD') focusing on the principle of respect for individual autonomy and dignity of persons, which is reflected in supported decision making frameworks'.
The inquiry in the ACT follows recent inquiries by the Victorian Law Reform Commission, the Queensland Law Reform Commission, and the Australian Law Reform Commission. Focus on the CRPD is important in light of the concerns of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, expressed in October 2013, that despite ratifying the CRPD and adopting the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Australia has 'not yet brought its legislation fully into line with the Convention'.
The ACT inquiry is scheduled to report by 20 September 2015. A public submission process will commence in early 2015. Updates are available at — www.lawreform.act.gov.au.
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