Changing an enduring power of attorney

Changing an enduring power of attorney takes a number of steps. This includes getting forms completed by different people, including your lawyer. You may need a person you trust to help you to complete one or more of these steps.

We will provide you with the forms and templates you will need to change your enduring power of attorney.

The easiest way to change your enduring power of attorney 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 variation application. You can also start the process by viewing your registered 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.

Changing an enduring power of attorney – step by step

You must take the following steps to change your enduring power of attorney:

  1. Fill out the enduring power of attorney variation application form
  2. Visit your lawyer, who will interview you to ensure you understand the implications of changing your enduring power of attorney
  3. Sign a declaration with your attorney in front of two witnesses
  4. Pay the variation fee
  5. Submit the variation application to the Decision Support Service

The steps you need to take to change an enduring power of attorney are very similar to the steps for making an enduring power of attorney, except you do not have to provide capacity statements from your doctor or another healthcare professional. You also do not need to inform people (give notice) that you are changing the enduring power of attorney.

We will review your application to change the enduring power of attorney and make sure it follows the necessary legal requirements. We may need to ask you for more information as part of this review.