About this page
Thank you for visiting the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) website.
OPA is an independent statutory body established by the Victorian State Government. OPA works to protect and promote the interests, rights and dignity of people with a disability.
View the powers and functions of the Public Advocate.
Regional agencies lead the way
The Public Advocate has congratulated regional Victorian agencies Karingal, the Christie Centre, and Peninsula Access Support and Training on endorsing the Interagency Guideline for Addressing Violence, Neglect and Abuse (IGUANA), and helping to prevent violence, neglect and abuse of people with a disability or mental illness. Read more
The Office of the Public Advocate Annual Report 2012-2013 and the Community Visitors Annual Report 2012-2013 have been tabled in Victorian Parliament. Click here to read the reports, or click here for media releases regarding the reports.
Research grants program
The Office of the Public Advocate has launched a grants program to support research into the experiences of people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) in the justice system, and in accessing support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Read more
Supported decision making conference
OPA hosted a conference titled 'Supported decision making: from theory to practice' on 18 October 2013. For more information and conference resources, click here.
Important notice: website issue
Due to a technical issue, emails sent through this website between
1-25 September 2013 may not have been received by OPA, including publication orders and emails sent through the 'contact us' form. The issue is now resolved, however, members of the public who contacted OPA via the website during this time and did not receive a response, are asked to call OPA on 1300 309 337 during business hours to speak to a staff member about their enquiry. OPA sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.