Advocate Guardian

The Victorian Public Advocate is empowered by law to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disability.

The Public Advocate is supported by staff and volunteers at the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA), including guardians, policy and research officers, advice and education staff, legal officers, corporate and administrative staff, and more than 650 volunteers.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

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If you are considering taking on a challenging, rewarding role that allows you to make a noticeable difference in the lives of others, we look forward to hearing from you.
Job Details
Department: Office of the Public Advocate
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VPSG5.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ4058JAN23
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $114,828
Job Duration: 1 years
Attachments: DJ4058 Advocate Guardian -fixed term 12 months VPS 5 PD (1).pdf (PDF, 218KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sonia Gardiner on 0437 914 203

Position Details

  • Utilise your community service expertise to provide support and advice to Office of the Public Advocate branch
  • Fixed term for 12months, Full-Time Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5 $103,920 - $114,828, plus superannuation.


About the Business Unit

The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) is an independent statutory office accountable to the Victorian Parliament which has been established to protect the rights of, and enhance the position of, people with disabilities in Victoria. 

One of the principal functions of the Public Advocate, when appointed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), is to act as guardian of last resort for persons with disability when there is no other suitable person available.

Individual advocate guardians act under delegation from the Public Advocate. As substitute decision makers they are authorised to make decisions and undertake advocacy on behalf of the person under guardianship (the represented person). The scope of the role varies depending upon the authority provided by the VCAT order, but typically includes decisions in regard to where a person may live, what medical treatment they may receive and the services they may require.


About the Role

The Advocate Guardian role involves contact with the represented person, their family and support networks along with other professionals and service providers. The role can be challenging as it often involves situations of conflict or complexity.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Under delegation from the Public Advocate, act as guardian for people with disabilities making complex decisions about lifestyle and medical treatment issues in situations which may involve significant conflict, consistent with the requirements and principles of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986, the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 and the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.  
  • Provide guardianship decision making in emergencies and after hours. This may include assessing the requirements for, and applications concerning, the use of the coercive authority of Sections 43 & 45 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019.
  • Provide individual advocacy for people with disabilities who are at risk of, or who are experiencing, exploitation, abuse, or neglect.



About You

As our ideal candidate, you will be able to demonstrate;

  • Knowledge of the Victorian human services sector and detailed experience in one of the areas of disability, mental health, acquired brain injury or aged care.
  • Experience with NDIS procedures and protocols is highly desirable.
  • A sound understanding of contemporary issues relating to disability, including mental illness and age-related disability, is desirable along with an understanding of their implications for practice.


How to Apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.



The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.


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