Advocacy and investigation

The Office of the Public Advocate can, on request, examine the personal and financial welfare of people with decision-making disabilities in order to advocate on their behalf.

The advocacy provided to individuals with decision-making disabilities includes:

As part of the investigation process, the Public Advocate either:

In conducting investigations the Public Advocate:

In carrying out their inquiries, investigators gather as much information as possible. This usually involves interviewing friends, family and service providers and seeking the views of the person who is the subject of the application or community referral.

Investigators play a key role in seeking less restrictive alternatives to the appointment of a guardian and help family members become better informed about the role of substitute decision-makers.

Investigations may identify ways of resolving a problem without resorting to a guardianship or administration order. This is consistent with the principles set out in Section 4 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990, which advocate resolving matters in the least restrictive way.

Last updated: 25-Aug-2015

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