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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 Guardianship Act 1987.

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


18 March 2016 - The Guardianship Division of NCAT is moving from Balmain to Sydney. View details.

21 March 2016 - The NSW Public Guardian is working with NSW Trustee and Guardian on a Supported Decision Making Project. The Project is funded by Family and Community Services (FACS) for 12 months. More information is available on the SDM factsheet [PDF 35 kb] or easy english version [PDF 255 kb]


​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