The following information is provided to assist members of our community in emergency situations after hours, on weekends and during public holiday periods.
We respectfully advise that the Public Trustee and Guardian (PTG) operates during business hours on regular weekdays.
If you are a Guardian appointed under an order of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) and you are in a crisis situation requiring emergency assistance, we advise that you contact emergency services on 000 for the police or ambulance or access the emergency department at your nearest hospital.
* For emergency accommodation contact Onelink on 1800 176 468
* For crisis support, including concerns about suicide, contact Lifeline on 131114.
Where PTG is appointed as Guardian
When appointed as Guardian, we may be required to make medical decisions of an emergency nature outside of office hours. This does not include circumstances of imminent risk to the person or others where different decision-making applies.
Notification of an injury, or even the death of a represented person, does not warrant after-hours emergency action. A Guardian’s authority to make decisions ceases on the represented person’s death.
In the event that our consent as Guardian may be required, we routinely advise an emergency 24x7 contact number to ACT Hospitals and ACAT for use in the event of medical emergencies. This number is not provided to any other person on the basis that it is only provided to enable consent to be provided to medical procedures not covered by
duty-of-care processes. Other consents of a non-emergency nature can be requested during regular business hours by contacting us on (02) 6207 9800.
Where PTG is appointed as Manager
When appointed as Manager, we make decisions about a represented person’s financial and property affairs. These decisions are not considered to be of an emergency nature. We work closely with our represented persons to plan and budget well in advance of holiday periods. Emergency financial assistance may be available through community organisations (Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul Society).
Emergency orders required outside of office hours
In rare circumstances an emergency Guardianship order may be required out of hours.
In such cases, ACAT has an emergency contact number to request an out-of-hours emergency order.
Emergency Management orders however are not made out-of-hours. We are generally unable to take any urgent action outside normal business hours as financial institutions are not available.
The ACAT emergency contact number should only be used where an immediate Guardianship order is required and where a Guardian is not already appointed.
The following situations are indicative of when an emergency application is NOT needed -
- Urgent or emergency medical treatment – may be provided without consent where there is imminent risk of serious harm to the person or to others.
- Routine medical treatment where the treating doctor assesses that the person is able to consent on their own behalf (e.g. a vaccination which a person has had previously)
- Keeping a person in hospital or another facility for their safety, contrary to the person’s wishes – the Mental Health Act 2015 allows for emergency treatment in a specified place (hospital) if required.
- Police action to initiate a welfare check, locate a missing person or take other protective action.
If an application is considered appropriate and an emergency order is warranted, the matter will be referred to a member of the ACAT.