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The Public Advocate is empowered by law to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disability.

All OPA programs, staff and volunteers advocate for the rights of people with disability.

OPA may also provide individual advocacy to people with disability who have no other advocacy options, such as family, friends or local advocacy networks, or when all other advocacy options have failed. Priority is given to matters involving allegations of abuse, exploitation, neglect, at-risk behaviour or significant conflict.

As OPA has limited resources, it is unable to accept all requests for individual advocacy.

OPA’s Advice Service can refer matters to advocacy services if needed.