Advocacy & research
About OPA's advocacy
Advocacy is fundamental to upholding the rights and interests of people with disability and eliminating exploitation, abuse, and neglect. OPA’s advocacy work includes providing guardians who act as advocates for individuals with disability and acting as the advocate of last resort for people with disability for whom no other advocacy options exist.
OPA also campaigns on important and strategic issues across society (called systemic advocacy) that aim to help people with disability to live fuller and more empowered lives. This systemic advocacy is based on research and is informed by the experiences of our staff, volunteers, people with disability, our partner agencies, services and organisations.
Safeguarding the rights of people with a disability who have no guardian
Watch this presentation by the Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce at the Disability Services Commissioner forum Preventing and Responding to Abuse: Guidance for Victorian Disability Service Providers' on 12 September 2017.
Advocacy in action
OPA advocaces for the rights of people with disability in all its work. OPA also provides direct advocacy services through its advocacy and guardianship program, and through its advice service.
Find research reports
Our recent research reports and submissions are published online and available to download.
Supported decision making
OPA is undertaking ground-breaking research in the area of supported decision making.