Where will my documents be recognised?

This page provides a plain-English overview of the legal processes involved in planning ahead, as well as links to local information. To get advice about your individual circumstances it is recommended that you consult with one of the agencies referred to below or a legal practitioner.

Will my advance directive and other legal documents relating to planning ahead from other parts of Australia be accepted in New South Wales and will documents written here be accepted in other states and territories?

  • While legal documents from one State or Territory are often accepted in others, it is difficult to give exact answers to this question that will be accurate for each person’s circumstances.
  • If you have moved to New South Wales from interstate, we recommend you contact the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal or the NSW Public Guardian to discuss and clarify your situation.
  • If you are moving from New South Wales, we recommend you contact the guardianship authority in the State or Territory to which you move to clarify your situation.
  • If you cannot get clear answers, it may be best to redo your documents using the forms available in your new location.

Quick contacts

The Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal can be contacted here or by calling (02) 9556 7600, 1800  006  228 .

The NSW Public Guardian, including the Information and Support Branch, can be contacted here or by calling (02) 8688 6070 (NSW STD Callers 1800 451 510).
 

Step 7: Advance care planning in New South Wales