OPG Public Guardian

OPG for adults

  • New OPG Policy Statement: Making residential aged care decisions for guardianship clients

    The Public Guardian’s Policy Statement with respect to guardianship decisions for clients to enter residential aged care arrangements, in response to the recent Commonwealth Government changes to aged care funding.

  • Subscribe to OPG News

    The OPG's autumn newsletter is available now. Subscribe to receive your copy of OPG News.

  • Watch our YouTube video

    The OPG in conjunction with Carers Queensland has produced a short 60 second animated YouTube video. This will give you an overview of the OPG and how it protects the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable adults.

  • Follow us on twitter and facebook

    The OPG is now on twitter and facebook. Our social media accounts will help keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in the Office of the Public Guardian and our work to protect the rights and wellbeing of children and young people in the child protection system and vulnerable adults with impaired decision making capacity. Find us on twitter @OPG Qld and QLD Office of the Public Guardian on facebook.

  • Cairns office officially opened

    The OPG's Cairns office was officially opened by The Honourable Yvette D'Ath MP Attorney General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Training and Skills as part of Child Protection Week.

  • Government launches consultation to develop new seniors strategy

    The Queensland Government has launched a consultation to inform the development of a new strategy for older people called Queensland – an Age-friendly Community (the Seniors Strategy). You can help develop the new strategy by completing the age friendly community survey.

About us

The Office of the Public Guardian is an independent statutory body that protects the rights and interests of vulnerable Queenslanders, including adults with impaired capacity to make their own decisions.

Report abuse

A person being harmed may not be able to report it, or be in a position to report it. If you think someone is being abused, report it immediately. You can contact us directly with your concerns.

Information for guardians

At some point in your life, you may have to make decisions on behalf of an adult with impaired decision-making capacity. The Office of the Public Guardian can help you make these decisions.

Community visitors

Community visitors independently monitor accommodation where vulnerable adults live. They can also make inquiries and lodge complaints for, or on behalf of, residents.

Our decisions

The Office of the Public Guardian's staff are able to make a range of decisions on behalf of adults with impaired decision-making capacity.

Health care decisions

Critical health care decisions are needed when an adult is seriously ill, unconscious or unable to communicate. Although health professionals can legally carry out urgent life-saving care, they need to gain consent before proceeding with other medical treatments.


Fact sheets, forms and other publications about the Office of the Public Guardian and how we can help vulnerable adults with impaired capacity to make their own decisions.