New office facilities for the NT Public Guardian

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

 

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

 

“The dedicated staff at this office are committed to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and impaired decision-making capacity to live independently and manage their financial and personal matters,” she said.

 

“The 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,” she said.

 

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

 

Ms 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.

 

The Office of the Public Guardian was established in July 2016 with the commencement of the Guardianship of Adults Act.

 

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.

 

Contact details: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to https://nt.gov.au/wellbeing/mental-health/adult-guardianship-and-orders

 

Phone: 1800 810 979
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Darwin

Ground floor, Casuarina Plaza
Corner Trower Road and Vanderlin Drive 
Casuarina NT 0810 

 

PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811 

 

Alice Springs

1st floor, Jalistan House
18 Parsons Street
Alice Springs NT 0870

 

PO Box 721
Alice Springs NT 0871 

 

NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Go to the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal https://nt.gov.au/law/courts-and-tribunals/northern-territory-civil-and-administrative-tribunal-ntcat

 

28 August 2017.