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Office of the Public Advocate

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The Office of the Public Advocate protects and promotes the rights, autonomy and participation of all Queenslanders with impaired decision-making capacity through statutory systems advocacy.

Statutory systems advocacy provides an important layer of protection for the rights and autonomy of people with impaired decision-making capacity in Queensland.

Research has shown that vulnerable people, including those with impaired decision-making capacity, are at greater risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The work of the Office is not limited to guardianship and specialist services. Rather, we promote the inclusion of all people with impaired decision-making capacity in all aspects of community life, including fair access to mainstream goods and services.

We are committed to evidence-based systems advocacy that explores and extends our knowledge and influence on inclusive policy, programs and practices to promote improved life opportunities and outcomes for Queenslanders with impaired decision-making capacity.

In Queensland, government-delivered statutory systems advocacy was established in 2000 under the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000. For further information about the functions and powers accorded to the Public Advocate, see the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000.

Contemporary approach

The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) contributes to systems advocacy by carrying out evidence-based research that can influence policies, programs and practices and promote improved life opportunities and outcomes for this vulnerable group of people.

OPA collaborates with key stakeholders to influence systems change on behalf of people with impaired decision-making capacity.

This contemporary approach is guided by our Systems Advocacy Framework 2010-2012 and through an acknowledgement of the Systems Advocacy Context in which we work.

These guiding documents are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure their currency.

Our Service Statement explains the approach to our work in more detail.

Our work

The focus of systems advocacy is on the broad issues affecting the lives of people with impaired decision-making capacity.

Getting involved in systems advocacy

Our work involves engaging with government policy makers and other stakeholders to improve outcomes for people with impaired decision-making capacity. Feedback is welcomed from any party with information which may assist our systems advocacy work.

Office of the Public Advocate publications

A list of publications from the Office of the Public Advocate.

Last reviewed
3 July 2013
Last updated
30 April 2013

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