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 latest edition of OPG News, the OPG's quarterly e-newsletter is available now. Follow the link and subscribe to receive your copy.

  • Follow us on Twitter

    The OPG has launched a new Twitter account. For the latest news from the OPG follow us @OPGQld

  • New Cairns hub open

    The OPG's new Cairns hub opened on 2 February 2015. The Cairns hub provides services for children and young people in the child protection system and vulnerable adults with impaired decision making capacity throughout Far North Queensland.

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.