ACT Public Advocate: upholding your rights through advocacy & oversight

Are you concerned about someone who is interacting with a government or community-run service or system? Are you unsure whether a service or system is doing the right thing?

As the Public Advocate, we can

  • help people raise concerns about care and protection services (including youth justice), mental health services, and disability and community services
  • monitor and review the policies, practices, and outcomes of these services
  • help protect children, young people and adults from abuse and exploitation
  • represent forensic patients at ACAT or at court.

The Public Advocate is independent and separate from government services. Our services are free and confidential.

 Get in touch

If you are concerned about someone you know or a group of people, please get in touch. We can discuss advocacy and other options to respond to your concern.

Our team is headed by Public Advocate, Jodie Griffiths-Cook, and includes advocates with skills in navigating care and protection systems, mental health and forensic mental health systems, and systems supporting people with disability and other complex needs.