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. When the Public Guardian is appointed he is authorised to make health and welfare decisions on behalf of the people under his guardianship. The Public Guardian cannot make decisions about financial matters or the person's estate. The Public Guardian is only appointed when there is no private person who can be appointed as guardian.
Mr Graeme Smith is the Public Guardian. The Public Guardian is part of the Department of Justice.
12 November 2014
The Public Guardian is pleased to present the NSW Public Guardian’s Advocacy Report for 2014. This report highlights some of the individual and systemic advocacy work we have done in 2013 - 2014. The report also shows our ongoing commitment in effecting positive change in the lives of people under our guardianship and people with disability more generally through our systemic advocacy. This report will help raise awareness of the major changes taking place in adult guardianship systems in Australia and around the world.