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.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit

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: Various
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Advocate Guardian -VPS 5 PD.pdf (PDF, 213KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Paul Newland on 0439 326 219

Position Details

  • Utilise your advocacy expertise to provide support and advice to the Office of the Public Advocate Branch
  • Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • 5 Roles available
    - 1 x Ongoing, Full time
    - 2 x Fixed term 2 years, Full time 
    - 2 x Fixed term until 31.10.23, Full time
  • VPS Grade 5 : $103,920 - $125,735 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.


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 include:

  • To make decisions and undertake advocacy on behalf of persons with disability when there is no other suitable person available
  • Liaise extensively with NDIA planners, support coordinators, agencies, and other support services within the NDIS operating environment to ensure appropriate service delivery for represented persons
  • Appear before, prepare and present written or oral reports to VCAT and other courts and tribunals as required.


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.  

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.  

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 all 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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