The Public Advocate is an independent statutory officer appointed under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 to promote and protect the rights of adults with decision-making disabilities to reduce their risk of neglect, exploitation and abuse.
In protecting their rights and dignity, the Public Advocate:
- provides information, advice and training on guardianship, administration, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Guardianship and protecting vulnerable adults
- advocates for adults with decision-making disabilities
- investigates concerns about the abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults with decision-making disabilities
- reports to the State Administrative Tribunal on whether a guardian or administrator is required
- provides guardianship services when appointed by the State Administrative Tribunal
- conducts a community guardianship program.
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