Office of the Public Advocate

People with disabilitiesVolunteer organisation
The Office of the Public Advocate safeguards and protects the human rights of people with a cognitive disability and or mental illness to keep them safe from harm, abuse and exploitation.

The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) is an independent statutory office with considerable legislative power to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of people with a disability.

The vision and values of OPA are to work towards a just and inclusive society that values, respects, protects and promotes the dignity and human rights of all persons.

OPA provides a number of services to achieve this vision. These include:

  • advocacy,
  • guardianship,
  • research and policy,
  • education and training and
  • three volunteer programs – Community Visitors, Community Guardians and Independent Third Persons.

Opening Hours



Office of the Public Advocate, Level 1/204 Lygon Street CARLTON VIC 3053, Melbourne 3000 View Map

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Local Transport

Trams travelling North (towards Melbourne University) along Swanston Street. Exit Tram at Stop 3 Lincoln Square Pelham St Tram Stop. (Next stop after Queensberry Street Stop 4)

Bus: 200/201/202/203/205/207 Stops along Lonsdale Street (Between Elizabeth and Russell Streets)

Postal Address

Level 1/204 Lygon Street Carlton VIC 3053


Lift or elevatorAccessible toiletsHearing loopGood lighting, well-lit space Steps at the entry Nil
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