In implementing the policy intention of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993 the OPA takes the view that guardianship and other forms of third party decision making which inherently involve a loss of personal rights, should only be invoked after effort has been made to assist and support an individual to make their own decisions. 

Even where a substitute decision maker is appointed, it is the view of the OPA, in keeping with the principles of the Guardianship and Administration Act, that a protected person should have their own informed decisions acted on  if they are able to make them.

The OPA has participated in several projects which promote a rights based approach to working with people with disabilities. Links to thse project reports are listed here: