The Public Advocate is an independent statutory position appointed by the Governor-in-Council under the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (the Act).
The Public Advocate works on behalf of adults with impaired decision-making capacity to:
- promote and protect their rights, including protecting them from neglect, exploitation and abuse
- encourage the development of programs to help them reach the greatest degree of autonomy
- promote, monitor and review the provision of services and facilities for them.
Under the Act, the Public Advocate is given power to do all things necessary or convenient to perform the functions of the position.
The Public Advocate has the right to all information that is necessary to monitor and review the delivery of services and facilities for adults with impaired decision-making capacity. This includes information about the services they receive and the policies and procedures of the organisations that provide services.
Importantly, the Act provides protection from liability for individuals and organisations who provide information to the Public Advocate in accordance with these powers.
Role within government
Statutory systems advocacy provides an important layer of protection for the rights of Queensland adults with impaired decision-making capacity. The Public Advocate is uniquely positioned to influence government and non-government agencies.
Systemic advocacy reports
Under the Act, the Public Advocate can prepare reports to the Minister about matters relating to the functions of the Public Advocate. The Minister is required to table these reports in Parliament.
For more information
For more information about the role of the Public Advocate, see Chapter 9 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000.