What we do


The South Australian Public Advocate is a statutory official appointed by the Governor to implement the provisions of Section 21 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993 (the Act).  These functions focus on the rights and needs of mentally incapacitated persons and include-

  • keeping under review relevant public and private sector programs
  • identifying areas of unmet or inappropriately met needs and making recommendations to the Minister
  • speaking for and promoting their rights and interests
  • speaking for and negotiating resolution of problems of individuals arising from their incapacity
  • supporting and promoting the interests of their carers
  • providing advice on the powers under the Act
  • monitoring the administration of the Act and making recommendations for legislative change
  • performing other functions assigned in  this Act or any other legislation

The Office of the Public Advocate supports the Public Advocate in performing their duties and in particular provides information and education to the public, individual and systemic advocacy, investigatory services and staff act as delegated guardians of last resort.

For more information see Message from Public Advocate and OPA Annual Reports.