The Public Guardian promotes the rights and interests of people with disabilities through the practice of guardianship, advocacy and education.
The Public Guardian is a statutory official appointed by the Guardianship Tribunal or the Supreme Court under the Guardianship Act 1987. When the Public Guardian is appointed he is authorised to make health and welfare decisions on behalf of the people under his guardianship. The Public Guardian cannot make decisions about financial matters or the person's estate. The Public Guardian is only appointed when there is no private person who can be appointed as guardian.
Mr Graeme Smith is the Public Guardian. The Public Guardian is part of the Department of Attorney General and Justice.
From 1 January 2014, the Guardianship Tribunal and the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, along with more than 20 other existing State tribunals, will be integrated into the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). This change will not impact on the management or resolution of any matters in progress before the Guardianship Tribunal or the Administrative Decisions Tribunal.
NCAT is a government initiative that provides a single, accessible gateway to tribunal services for the people of NSW. Information about NCAT is available at: www.tribunals.lawlink.nsw.gov.au