Ending an enduring power of attorney

Cancelling 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 cancel your enduring power of attorney. We can also provide you with information about making a new enduring power of attorney, or a different type of arrangement.

The easiest way to cancel 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 revocation 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.

Cancelling an enduring power of attorney – step by step

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

  1. Fill out the enduring power of attorney revocation application form
  2. Visit your lawyer, who will interview you to ensure you understand the implications of revoking your enduring power of attorney
  3. Sign a declaration in front of two witnesses
  4. Inform certain people (give notice), including your attorney(s) that you are cancelling the enduring power of attorney
  5. Inform the Decision Support Service

We will review your application to cancel 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.

Other reasons your enduring power of attorney may end

Your enduring power of attorney will also end in the following situations:

  • If you regain capacity to make one or more of the decisions included in your enduring power of attorney you can apply to rescind it, which means it would no longer be effective
  • If your attorney is unwilling, unable or otherwise prevented from continuing in their role and you have no other attorneys remaining 
  • At the time of your death