Public Advocate

The Public Advocate is an independent statutory position that sits within the ACT Human Rights Commission. Ms Jodie Griffiths-Cook is both the Public Advocate and the Children and Young People Commissioner. Find out more information about the role of Children & Young People Commissioner.

The Public Advocate and her staff work to protect and promote the rights and interests of people in the ACT who are experiencing vulnerability.

This includes advocating for 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 the community as well as those in care arrangements such as in mental health facilities, supported accommodation, children and young people 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.

The Public Advocate is also responsible for:

  • 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.

The legislation that describes what we do includes:

If you think we can help you or if you would like to know more contact us.
Phone: 02 6205 2222 or send an email