Apply for a Personal Order

It’s free to apply for a Personal Order.

You’ll need to fill out several forms, including one saying that everything you say is true. Some Personal Orders also need a form filled in by a medical professional.

You’ll need to file these forms out at the court closest to where the person who the application is for lives.

Find a local court

You may want to talk to a lawyer. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you may be able to get:

Forms to apply for a Personal Order

Note: When you print the forms it's important to print them single sided.

You’ll need to give the Family Court these 3 forms:

Information sheet to accompany an application – PPPR14 [PDF, 90 KB]

Affidavit in support of application for Personal Order [PDF, 97 KB]

Medical expert report [DOC, 29 KB]

You’ll also need to give the Family Court 1 of these forms:

Application form for a Personal Order for yourself:

Application for personal Order in respect of applicant - PPPR3 [PDF, 93 KB]


Application form for a Personal Order for someone else:

Application for personal Order - PPPR4 [PDF, 337 KB]

If it’s urgent

If a decision needs to be made urgently, the court can make an Interim Order which can last up to 6 months. This can happen while you’re waiting for the court to approve an application.

If you think you need urgent help, you may want to see a lawyer about making an urgent application for you.

Find out more about urgent help

After you apply

After the Family Court receives an application for an Order, it appoints a specialist lawyer who will meet with the person and the applicant. The lawyer will tell the judge why the application has been made and what should happen next. Then it's up to the judge to decide what to do:

  • hold a short hearing
  • ask for more medical evidence
  • make the Order.

How a Personal Order ends

A Personal Order will either have a specific time that it ends on or it will end when all tasks set in the Order have been done, or 12 months after the Order was made, whichever comes first.

The court can set a date to review the Order. The people involved in the Order can ask for a review at any time.

Find out more about how to ask the court to review an Order

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