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Our range of publications include general information about the role of the Public Guardian and the standards which staff work by. If you cannot find what you are looking for have a look at our other publication pages or  factsheets. You can also contact the Information and Support Branch on 02 8688 6070 (freecall for country callers 1800 451 510).

Enduring Guardianship in New South Wales: your way to plan ahead (Revised 2019) [PDF 3156kb]
Enduring guardianship is a legal tool that allows you to choose your future health and lifestyle decision-maker. 

NSW Public Guardianship Standards  [PDF 164kb]
This brochure explains the standards that the Public Guardian and his staff will work by.

Information for family, friends and service providers  [PDF 731kb]
This booklet is about the appointment and role of the NSW Public Guardian.

An Information and Support Service for Guardians appointed in NSW  [PDF 142kb]
This pamphlet gives information about the Private Guardian Support Unit (PGSU) which is a support service for private and enduring guardians.

Substitute Consent; what the law says. Part 5 NSW Guardianship Act 1987  [PDF 332kb]
This booklet explains what the law says about seeking and giving, or withholding consent to medical and dental treatment for people who lack the capacity to consent for themselves.


Do you have a guardian?    

If the Public Guardian has been appointed as your guardian these publications can help explain some questions you might have. 

Answers to your questions - Information for People under Guardianship  [PDF 601kb]

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How the Public Guardian makes Decisions for You [easy english PDF 544kb]

About the Public Guardian [PDF 170kb]

Photo story

This photo story is about Jodie, a young woman who has the Public Guardian appointed to make decisions about where she should live and how this decision is made on her behalf. 

How will my guardian make an accommodation decision for me?  [PDF 761kb]