My name is Jodie Griffiths-Cook and I am both the Public Advocate and the Children & Young People Commissioner.
My role as Public Advocate is to protect and promote the rights and interests of anyone in the ACT who is experiencing vulnerability.
This includes advocating and supporting:
- children, young people and adults in the ACT community whose condition or situation makes them potentially vulnerable to abuse, exploitation or neglect,
- people living in community as well as those in care arrangements such as in mental health facilities, supported accommodation, children living in out of home care, or people in custody,
- people experiencing vulnerability whose ability to pursue their own interests is diminished, either temporarily or permanently.
My role also extends to:
- monitoring the provision of services for people experiencing vulnerability,
- providing oversight in respect of the systems that support and respond to the needs of people experiencing vulnerability
- giving a voice to issues that affect people experiencing vulnerability,
- holding government to account on issues affecting people experiencing vulnerability.
- Human Rights Commission Act 2015
- Children and Young People Act 2008
- Mental Health Act 2015
- Mental Health (Secure Facilities) Act 2016
- Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991
- Powers of Attorney Act 2006
- Family Violence Act 2016
- Court Procedures Act 2004
- Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008
The Public Advocate is an independent statutory office, which means that we are funded by the ACT Government, but independent from the Government.
The legislation that describes what we do includes:
You can also find out more information about my role as Children & Young People Commissioner.