Attorney-General Opens New Office For The Public Guardian

Attorney-General Opens New Office For The Public Guardian

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles

New Office For The Public Guardian

Victor P Taffa

Attorney-General Natasha Fyles has officially opened the new base for the Office of the Public Guardian in Darwin today. 

Attorney-General Fyles said Territorians want and deserve to live in safe, vibrant and inclusive communities and the Office of the Public Guardian is the key to delivering that.

“Dedicated staff at this office is committed to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and impaired decision-making capacity to live independently and manage their financial and personal matters.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“I appreciate the team for working tirelessly to maintain high quality guardianship and advocacy support to all parties involved.”

“Office of the Public Guardian was established just over a year ago and today I am proud to officially open the new Berrimah base allowing separate guardianship teams to work closer together as a stronger unit.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“Team provides a vital service to Territorians in ensuring guardianship information, advocacy, education, research, investigation and support to the Northern Territory community.”

Attorney-General Fyles said since the introduction of the Guardianship of Adults Act, the Office of the Public Guardian has seen an increase of orders with an estimated 800 adult guardianship orders currently in place in the Northern Territory.

“Office of the Public Guardian was established in July 2016 with the commencement of the Guardianship of Adults Act.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“The Act is underpinned by comprehensive guardianship principles and transfers the jurisdiction from Local Courts to Northern Territory Civil Administrative Tribunal making it a less formal and more efficient process (NTCAT).”

This provides a contemporary decision-making framework which has aligned adult guardianship in the Northern Territory with other Australian jurisdictions and with the United Nation Convention on the Rights of a person with Disabilities.