What's involved in being a co-decision-maker?

As a co-decision-maker, your role will be to make certain decisions together with the person who has appointed you. You will only act as co-decision-maker for decisions listed in the agreement. However, any decision included in the agreement must be made together.

You will be able to access relevant information and records for the person. This might involve contacting a bank, utility of healthcare provider. Together, you will look at relevant information, discuss the options and outcomes and jointly come to a decision that respects their wishes. You can support them to let other people know about the decision that has been made.

You cannot make a decision on behalf of the person. Your role is to support them by making the decision together with them. This might include taking complex information and explaining it in clear and simple terms. It could also include making sure the person has enough time to weigh up their options and then make the decision with you.

There is a code of practice for the guidance of co-decision-makers. You can access the code of practice at the link Code of Practice

As a co-decision-maker your role is to make certain decisions together with the person who has appointed you. You can only act as co-decision-maker for decisions listed in the agreement.

However, any decision included in the agreement must be made together. If you or the person makes a decision included in the agreement on your own, the decision will be considered null and void. This may have serious legal consequences.

Your role as a co-decision-maker

As a co-decision-maker, you can access relevant information and records for the person. This might involve contacting a bank, utility of healthcare provider. Together, you must look at relevant information, discuss the options and outcomes and jointly come to a decision that respects their wishes. You can support them to let other people know about the decision that has been made.

You cannot make a decision on behalf of the person. Your role is to support them by making the decision together with them. This might include taking complex information and explaining it in clear and simple terms. It could also include making sure the person has enough time to weigh up their options and then make the decision with you.

If a document, like a contract or deed, needs to be signed as part of the decision that you made with the person, you must both sign the document. You must take care to sign the document as a co-decision-maker and not as a joint applicant or party to the contract.

When you disagree about a decision

As a co-decision-maker, if you and the person disagree about a decision that needs to be made, you can explore the different options available to them. You should explain the risks and benefits of those options. If you still disagree, you must follow the wishes of the person, unless it would be likely to cause serious harm to them or another person. You cannot make the decision for them.

Codes of practice

You must follow the code of practice for the guidance of co-decision-makers. You can access the page at the link Code of Practice. This has important information about your responsibilities as a co-decision-maker. It also includes the rules you must follow, the records you keep and the reports you must submit to us.

You must also follow the code of practice on supported decision-making and assessing capacity. You can access the code of practice at the link Code of Practice

Find out more about the codes of practice at the link codes of practice page.