On 1 September 2015, the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (The Act) introduced new civil and criminal penalties for misuse of an enduring power of attorney. The new penalties include a fine of up to $91,000 or up to five years imprisonment.
The changes to the Act makes it easier to pursue attorneys for breaching their duties. The Act also clearly sets out the duties of an attorney. It is important that if you are appointed as an attorney you fully understand your duties.