Guardians have a number of different roles under the Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act 2010.
As a guardian of a person with a severe substance dependence, you may decide to apply for the person to be put on a detention and treatment order under the Act. To find out more about applying for an order please go to the Making an application section of this website.
You may also be the guardian of a person who has been proposed for a detention and treatment order. As the guardian, the Act requires that you be given a copy of the application for the order. You have the right to attend the hearing and make representations to the Magistrates’ Court about the person.
If the Court makes a detention and treatment order the person has a number of rights. They may need your help in exercising their rights. The following document explains the rights.
For further information on the role of guardians, please contact the Office of the Public Advocate or the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).