The Public Advocate writes regular reports, discussion papers and submissions on a range of topics.

Royal Commission statement

The Public Advocate Anne Gale appeared before the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability on Wednesday 8 June 2021 at Public Hearing 14.

In her statement, the Public Advocate raised issues relating to clients of the Office of the Public Advocate, who are some of South Australia's most vulnerable people.

She highlighted:

  • the challenges and complexity for OPA clients in accessing timely supports, housing and services - in particular when they experience a crisis.
  • potential safeguards and the need for State and Commonwealth agencies to work together to ensure that these are implemented for the most vulnerable South Australians.

The Public Advocate also emphasised that just because a person has a disability, it does not mean they are necessarily vulnerable.

Public Advocate Statement - Disability Royal Commission (PDF, 12.1 MB)

This Royal Commission hearing was held in Adelaide between 7 and 11 June 2021 and focused on preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in disability services in South Australia.

The hearing examined the experiences of people with disability receiving disability accommodation services operated by the South Australian Department of Human Services (DHS).

Evidence was presented relating to two case studies which highlighted broader systemic issues.

Evidence was also presented on the response of DHS, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission to recommendations made by the Safeguarding Task Force in its report dated 31 July 2020, and the Honourable Alan Robertson SC in his report titled 'Independent review of the adequacy of the regulation of supports and services provided to Ann-Marie Smith, an NDIS participant, who died on 6 April 2020'.

See the Disability Royal Commission website for more.

Publications

Our office produces regular reports, discussion papers and submissions on a range of topics.

National Disability Advocacy Framework 2022-2025 (PDF, 202.6 KB) - submission, July 2022

Supported Decision-making and Guardianship: Proposals for reform (PDF, 189.7 KB) - submission to the Disability Royal Commission, June 2022

Inquiry into the future of the NDIS (PDF, 715.0 KB) - response to the Joint Standing Committee, February 2022

2021

National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment Bill 2021 (PDF, 270.7 KB) - submission, October 2021

An Ordinary Life at Home (PDF, 302.2 KB) - National Disability Insurance Scheme Consultation Paper, August 2021

Safeguards and Quality (PDF, 260.5 KB) - submission to the Disability Royal Commission, February 2021

Access and Eligibility (PDF, 323.3 KB) - National Disability Insurance Agency Consultation papers, February 2021

2020

NDIS Support Coordination Submission (PDF, 524.7 KB) - discussion paper, September 2020

National Disability Strategy - Stage 2 consultations (PDF, 1.0 MB) - submission, July 2020

2019

Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS (PDF, 11.9 MB) - September 2019