Ending a decision-making assistance agreement

You or your decision-making assistant can cancel the decision-making assistance agreement at any time. It does not need to be replaced by another type of decision support arrangement. However, if you need more support for making decisions, you might need a co-decision-making agreement or a decision-making representative.

Cancelling your decision-making assistance agreement is called revoking the agreement.

The easiest way to cancel your decision-making assistance agreement is through our online portal myDSS. If you already have an account with us, you can log in to your account and start a new revocation application. You can also start the process by viewing your notified arrangement and selecting the relevant option.

If you do not have an account with us, that is no problem. You can contact us, and we will help you set up your account, or post you a paper form.

We will provide you with the forms you will need to cancel your decision-making assistance agreement.

You may need a person you trust to help you to complete these forms.

Ending a decision-making assistance agreement – step by step

You must take the following steps to cancel your decision-making assistance agreement:

  1. Fill out the decision-making assistance agreement revocation application form
  2. Sign a declaration in front of an approved witness
  3. Submit the revocation application to the Decision Support Service

We will review your application to cancel the decision-making assistance agreement and make sure it follows the necessary legal requirements. We may need to ask you for more information as part of this review.

Other reasons your decision-making assistance agreement may end

Your decision-making assistance agreement will also end in the following situations:

  • If you lose capacity to make one or more of the decisions included in your agreement
  • If another decision support arrangement is registered or comes into effect which cancels your decision-making assistance agreement. This may include a co-decision-making agreement, decision-making representation order, an enduring power of attorney or an advance healthcare directive
  • If your decision-making assistant is unwilling, unable or otherwise prevented from continuing in their role 
  • At the time of your death