Annual Report 2018-19


The annual report for 2018-2019 has been tabled. To view the report please click here.

New Videos


Office of the Public Advocate has released three videos about the role of the office, guardianship and advcance care directives. Check out the three videos here:

Role of the Office of the Public Advocate


Advance Care Directive

OPA has Moved....


I wish to advise that the Office of the Public Advocate has now moved to new premises.

Please note our phone number remains unchanged but our postal address and fax number has changed.


Full location details are:

Office of the Public Advocate

Level 8, Chesser House

95 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

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Postal Address will now be:

GPO Box 464 Adelaide, SA, 5000

Phone: 08 8342 8200

Fax:  08 8429 6121


If you have not updated your records please do so.

Thank you

Anne Gale

Public Advocate

Reform to OPA and Public Trustee Services


The State Government has announced its intention to merge the Office of the Public Advocate and the Public Trustee, under reforms aimed at improving services to vulnerable South Australians. The Public Trustee ( acts as a financial administrator for those South Australians who cannot manage their own affairs, preparing Wills and managing Enduring Powers of Attorney for eligible customers and acting as executor for deceased estates. These reforms will require legislative change and, in the short term at least, it will continue to be business as usual. More information on the proposed reforms can be found here. Click Here

Annual Report 2017-18


The annual report for 2017-2018 has been tabled. To view the report please click here.

Empowerment Decision Making Information Session


What happens if there comes a time when you are not able to make your own decisions about your health, accommodation, personal decisions and finances?

How can you be sure that your decisions will be made to reflect your wishes, views and values and by the people that you choose?

The session will answer frequently asked questions such as;

When can a person make these documents? What kind of decision does each document cover?  When do the documents come into effect? What are informal arrangements for people who aren’t able to make their own decisions?

The session will be held at the Office of the Public Advocate

ABC Building, 85 North East Road, Collinswood

Friday 14th September 10:00am – 12:00pm

Places are limited so please contact Michelle Howse or Renee Sumner-Makris on 83428200 or  as soon as possible to reserve your place.

Information Kits and Tea and Coffee will be provided

Further information can be found on our flyer

World Elder Abuse Day 2018


WEAD 2018

This Friday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the United Nations designated day to voice our opposition to the abuse inflicted on older people, most commonly by their families.
It is a day to promote ‘there’s no excuse for abuse’and to let older people in our communities know they have rights, including a right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect.
This year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) coincides with the Government’s commitment to introduce adult safeguarding legislation in the first 100 days of office.

The Office of the Public Advocate is a member of the Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (APEA), along with the Public Trustee, the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS), the Legal Services Commission and the South Australia Police.

Some staff of the Office of the Public Advocate are attending the WEAAD conferencein Adelaide on Friday 15 June and other staff are supporting awareness by wearing purple to work.
For support or information concerning elder abuse contact:

16 April 2018 - Community Education Session


The Office of the Public Advocate will be providing a free consumer education session: a Pathway to Your Future Care.

This will cover all the relevant information you need to put your future plans in place in case you become unable to make your own decisions.

The session will provide detailed information about Advance Care Directives and Enduring Powers of Attorney, including what they are, how to complete one and how they will be used.

There will be Q&A session and free Advance Care Directive forms, Do It Yourself Kits and brochures will be available for all participants.

When: 16 April 2018 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Where: Level 7, ABC Building, 85 North East Road Collinswood. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier

Tea and coffee will be provided, so we hope to see you there. Seats are limited so please contact Michelle Howse on (08) 8342 8200 or by email to book your place.

Private Guardians Manual and New Fact Sheets


Launch of Private Guardians Manual and New Fact Sheets


The Hon Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Disabilities, launched the new Private Guardians Manual in plain language style on Thursday 23 November 2017.  The manual is also available in ‘easy read’ format.  The Minister also launched three ‘easy read’ Fact Sheets – Guardianship and the Public Advocate’, ‘Informal Arrangements and Consent to Medical and Dental Treatment’.

Communications Partner Service


South Australians with complex communication needs who need to be interviewed by police or attend court can now access the Communication Partner Service. Watch Public Advocate and Chair of the Disability Justice Plan Advisory Group Anne Gale, Chief Executive of Uniting Communities Simon Schrapel and Chief Executive Officer of JFA Purple Orange Robbi Williams discuss the service which operates between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week.

See the video here