The South Australian Public Advocate promotes the rights and interests of people who need assistance with decision making.
The Public Advocate is a statutory officer. This means the South Australian Parliament rely on the Public Advocate to make sure that certain legislation is carried out.
In particular, the Public Advocate helps to carry out South Australian laws that relate to adults who are unable to make decisions for themselves, who are at risk of abuse or neglect and may require supported or substitute decision-making.
The Office of the Public Advocate is separate from the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT).