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Information and Support Service for Guardians
An Information and Support HOW TO FIND THE PRIVATE Service for Guardians GUARDIAN SUPPORT UNIT appointed in NSW If you are a person appointed under the NSW Guardians can contact the Private Guardian Guardianship Act (1987) to be the guardian of Support Unit, Monday to Friday between 9am a person with a disability, you can contact the and 5pm. Information can also be obtained Private Guardian Support Unit for information from our website. on the role of a guardian and help in guardianship practice. The Private Guardian Support Unit Telephone: (02) 8688 6060 Fax: (02) 8688 9797 Toll free (for country callers): 1800 451 510 Email: email@example.com www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/opg Postal Address: Locked Bag 5116 Parramatta 2124 Street Address: L7, 160 Marsden St, Parramatta The Private Guardian Support Unit is funded and staffed by the NSW Public Guardian and is a separate organisation to the Guardianship Tribunal. WHY CONTACT THE PRIVATE WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION AND WHERE TO GO FOR FURTHER GUARDIAN SUPPORT UNIT? SUPPORT CAN WE PROVIDE? INFORMATION If you have been appointed as a guardian to The Private Guardian Support Unit is a free Guardians can join our mail and/or email list make decisions on behalf of a family member and confidential service available to for regular updates on guardianship through or friend, there are things you need to be guardians. We do not supervise the actions the bi-monthly newsletter Onguard. aware of which will help you in this role. or decisions of guardians. Now You're the Guardian, a comprehensive The role of guardian is different to that of We provide information on: guide on the role and functions of guardians in carer, friend or relative. It is a legally The rights and responsibilities a guardian NSW is available on request or from our appointed position and there are a range of website: www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/opg. legal duties involved as well as responsibilities has to the person under guardianship to the person for whom you are guardian. the NSW Guardianship Act (1987) LawAccess, a legal information centre can provide information on appeal mechanisms As a guardian you can assist the person to best practice in decision making regarding decisions of the Guardianship make decisions in lifestyle areas that will be in Tribunal, the Mental Health Tribunal and review his or her best interest. You may assist the resources and services for people with processes for decisions of the Public person get the services and care they need disabilities Guardian and the NSW Trustee and Guardian. and that may protect them from abuse, The Unit can also provide practical support www.lawaccess.gov.nsw.au. neglect or exploitation. for guardians who may be making decisions Telephone: 1300 888 529 Sometimes guardians find this takes a lot of in situations of conflict or dispute, where If you require this information in a more time, effort and thought to ensure that the advocacy is needed or where decision- accessible format or in a different language best possible decision is made on behalf of making may be helped by knowledge of a please contact the Private Guardian Support the person. Many guardians have family range of services and options available to Unit. members or friends who can support them in people with disabilities. their role as guardian. The Private Guardian All personal information collected will be dealt Support Unit is also there to provide support with in accordance with the Privacy and and information using the knowledge and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. experience of the NSW Public Guardian.
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