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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>>


Public Guardian's Advocacy Report 2016

This report highlights the work of the Public Guardian in 2015-2016 with a focus on individual and systemic advocacy.

It provides an overview of the way guardianship has been implemented in NSW in light of the many changes within the sector affecting people under guardianship most notably disability and aged care.


​Supported Decision Making (SDM) Project 2016-17

 What is the SDM Project? [pdf 35kb]
 The SDM Project in Easy English [pdf 227kb]
 SDM Helping People Make Decisions [pdf 157kb]
SDM Information for Families & Friends [pdf 149kb]
Promoting SDM Should I apply for guardianship [pdf 157kb]
SDM Communication Strategies [pdf 146kb]
SDM Practice Framework [pdf 147kb]

SDM Training Guide [pdf 3148kb]

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

​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 767KB] - newsletter

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