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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.

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


Justine O'Neill is the Acting Public Guardian.

Graeme Smith, the inaugural independent Public Guardian, retired at the end of September 2017 after 15 years of service within the organisation.


​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