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What decisions can my Enduring Power of Attorney make?

The powers your attorney has will depend on the type of attorney you have chosen, as well as whether you include any extra restrictions in the document.

The information below is for Victoria, but it is similar for other states and territories. You should always check the correct information and terms to use for the state or territory you are in.

Enduring power of attorney (financial)

An enduring power of attorney for financial matters means your attorney can make decisions about your financial or property affairs. This includes any legal matters that relate to them.

This can include decisions about:

  • your day-to-day personal finances
  • your bills
  • managing your property
  • your tax returns.

Enduring power of attorney (personal)

An enduring power of attorney for personal matters means your attorney can make decisions about your care and personal welfare. This doesn’t include medical decisions.

This can include decisions about:

  • where you live
  • who you live with
  • what education or training you can have
  • whether you go on a holiday and where you go.

If you have an enduring power of attorney for both financial matters and personal matters, your attorney can make decisions that relate to both.

Supportive attorney

A supportive attorney is someone you can appoint to help you make decisions. However, they can’t make decisions for you if you aren’t able to make them yourself. This option is currently only available in Victoria. A supportive attorney can help you by:

  • collecting information
  • communicating your decisions to others
  • making sure the decisions you make are actioned
  • a combination of these things.

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