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Advocate/guardian New - Attorney-general's Department

I WORK FOR SA - Adelaide, SA

Government, Defence & Emergency
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About The Opportunity

The Office of the Public Advocate helps support the rights and needs of persons who have impaired decision-making capacity, including by acting as the guardian of last resort if appointed by the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The primary purpose of the Advocate/Guardian role is to work as a delegated guardian within the provisions of the Guardian and Administration Act 1993 (the Act), making decisions in relation to people under guardianship in areas including health, disability and aged care services, accommodation and safeguarding adults. In particular, section 5 of the Act contains specific principles in relation to how guardianship services are to be delivered.

This recruitment process relates to our need to fill a number of Advocate/Guardians roles on a casual basis during the next six months. Applicants will be advised if successful, and will go into the pool for consideration of casual roles that may arise.

Essential Qualifications

  • A tertiary qualification in social work or related allied health discipline, including psychology, occupational therapy, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience working with vulnerable persons and their family members and/or carers or representatives.
  • Knowledge, experience and capacity to work positively in complex and sensitive situations that may involve some levels of conflict.
  • Demonstrated experience in areas that provide for the needs of vulnerable adults.
  • Experience in preparing detailed written reports and recommendations for a range of purposes.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a human rights framework, and the acceptance of relevant principles.

For more information about the Attorney-General’s Department and also Office of the Public Advocate, please visit https://www.agd.sa.gov.au/ and http://www.opa.sa.gov.au .

Special Conditions for Employment

Employment is dependent upon a National Police Certificate clearance that the AGD finds satisfactory. Successful applicants will be provided further information if an interview is requested. Forms are not to be lodged directly with SA Police (SAPOL) under any circumstances and any fees incurred by applicants in doing so will not be recoverable from the AGD.
  • We are seeking to establish a committed casual pool of staff for the role of Advocate/Guardian. Casual roles may be available for up to twelve months, during which time temporary appointments may become available.
  • Some level of out of hours work and intra/interstate travel will be required for this role.
  • The work will require participation in after hours on-call roster, which may apply to periods covering daytime, overnight and/or weekends.

Additional Notes

You will be prompted to attach your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter (2 pages) after you have answered the questions via the link below. For more information please download the Job Application Pack and Job and Person Specifications.

For further information about this exciting opportunity that is not covered by this website please contact Stacey Rowse, Assistant Public Advocate - Guardianship & Restrictive Practices, 82078710 or Stacey.Rowse2@sa.gov.au .

All applications must be submitted through SCOUT e-Recruitment system by answering the questions via the link below and following the prompts on the page to attach the relevant documents.


You may wish to create your answer in Microsoft Word, then copy and paste into the SCOUT e-Recruitment application form. This will also ensure your answers are not lost if you are timed out of the system.

The Attorney-General’s Department is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

The South Australian public sector supports flexible ways of working including part-time working arrangements wherever reasonably possible. The sector is diverse and desires to increase in diversity and to create opportunities for more South Australians.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application via the contact above or our website https://www.agd.sa.gov.au/.

Applications Close

13/05/2021 11:30 PM


  • AHP2 Advocate_Guardian FINAL Oct 2017.pdf

    Flexibility Statement
    The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

    Adelaide, SA

    Government, Defence & Emergency


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