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​​Public Guardian

The Public Guardian promotes the rights and interests of people with disabilities through the practice of guardianship, advocacy and education. The Public Guardian is a statutory official appointed by the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) or the Supreme Court under the Gu​ardianship Act 1987.

Mr Graeme Smith is the Public Guardian. The Public Guardian is part of the Department of Justice. More about us>>


​The NSW Public Guardian and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia. The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. It is an important change to how funding for disability support is provided to many people who are appointed the Public Guardian or who have a private or enduring guardian.

 From 1 July 2016 the NDIS will begin to roll out to other areas of NSW

Easy read info: Joining the NDIS


​Supported Decision Making (SDM) Project 2016

 What is the SDM Project?

 About the SDM Project in Easy English

The project is being evaluated by the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW. Link to SPRC

More information about this project will be posted in this section when it becomes available.

​Private Guardian support

Help for private and enduring guardians.

Publications to support guardians in performing their role:

Now You're the Guardian [PDF 941kb] - a comprehensive booklet on the role and functions of guardians in NSW

Onguard​ [PDF 882KB] - newsletter

Contact sheet [PDF 45kb] - list of useful agencies