Events, Seminars and Training: Office of the Public Advocate

The Office of the Public Advocate hosts a range of free information seminars and training sessions throughout the year.
Last updated: 20 March 2023

The Office of the Public Advocate conducts a variety of training, information and education sessions for a range of different audiences. These sessions are held throughout the year in venues around the wider metropolitan area.  Information sessions can also be delivered by video conference to regional and remote areas.

Topics covered include the principles and workings of the guardianship and administration system, enduring powers of attorney, enduring powers of guardianship, preventing elder abuse and the hierarchy for medical treatment decisions.

The office also participates in relevant events linked to significant community-based initiatives such as Seniors’ Week, Carers’ Week and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Community Events and Training

The office conducts free information sessions for community members to promote and explain the future planning documents available in Western Australia: enduring powers of attorney, enduring powers of guardianship and advance health directives. Information sessions introducing the guardianship and administration system for families supporting a person with a disability are also offered.

Service Provider Training

The office offers free training and information sessions for service providers working with vulnerable adults across Western Australia. These can be on different topics relevant to professionals in the health, disability, aged-care and related sectors. These sessions give service providers the opportunity to learn more about the guardianship and administration system and to consider their duty of care when working with people with a decision-making disability.

Private Administrator Training

The Public Trustee, together with the Office of the Public Advocate, runs a 3-hour session to help Private Administrators better understand what is required of them. This session is appropriate for both new administrators and those who require a refresher on how to prepare their annual accounts.

A catering and materials cost of $25 applies, which can be reimbursed from the Represented Person’s funds.

Administrators can book online at or by downloading, completing and returning the Private Administrator Training form or calling 1300 746 116.

Volunteer Community Guardianship Training

The Office of the Public Advocate recruits, trains and supports volunteers who are appointed as community guardians to act in the best interests of a person in need of a guardian. 

The role of a community guardian is unique in terms of the long-term commitment and responsibility they take on.  Community guardians come from all walks of life, including health care, teaching or other service sectors.

It is preferred that volunteers have had some professional or personal experience with a person with a decision-making disability, but this is not a prerequisite.  Bi-annual induction training sessions are offered to volunteers wishing to participate in the program. 

Please visit our Community Guardianship page for further information.  Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer community guardian should contact the Office of the Public Advocate.