Recruitment: Office of the Public Advocate

The Office of the Public Advocate protects and promotes the rights of adults with decision-making disabilities and in doing so offers employees a challenging, rewarding and meaningful workplace that supports communities across WA.
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The Office of the Public Advocate is part of the Department of Justice.

When working with the Office of the Public Advocate, you become part of a people-focussed organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live.

The Office of the Public Advocate recognises different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives and offers a workplace that is as diverse and dynamic as the Western Australian communities it represents.

You need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to gain permanent employment in the public sector.  Non-permanent residents with suitable visa and working entitlements are eligible for fixed-term appointments.

For more information about working for the Department of Justice, refer to the Working with us page.

Current vacancies

Click here to search for WA Government jobs onlineThe Office of the Public Advocate is expanding, which means we are regularly on the lookout for talented new employees.  To view current job vacancies, visit the Jobs WA website.

The Office of the Public Advocate offers a variety of job opportunities, with recruitment drives regularly focussing on the employment of Investigator Advocates and Guardians.

What does an Investigator Advocate do?

Investigator Advocates work in an area of law that seeks to protect vulnerable adults with decision-making disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation. They conduct investigations related to applications for guardianship and administration and referrals if a person is at risk.  As the name would suggest, Investigator Advocates also advocate on behalf of a person with a decision-making disability at a hearing of the State Administrative Tribunal.

What does a Guardian do?

Guardians make personal and lifestyle decisions on behalf of represented persons with decision-making disabilities, such as an intellectual disability, mental health condition, dementia or acquired brain injury.  Guardians also attend hearings at the State Administrative Tribunal to advocate on their behalf.

To review current vacancies, visit JobsWA. To find out more about guardianship visit our Guardianship webpage or email

The benefits

Working with the Department of Justice you will receive all the benefits attached to a government career:

  • job security
  • competitive wages
  • flexible work arrangements
  • generous leave provisions
  • a supported work/life balance
  • competitive salary
  • career development opportunities.

Pool recruitment

The Office of the Public Advocate often uses recruitment pools to build a bank of talent for future opportunities. When part of a pool you may be offered a permanent or temporary position, however an appointment is not guaranteed.

Equity and Diversity

The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce as a part of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Management Plan and its Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy.

We embrace diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, women and youth.

Aboriginal job seekers may contact the Aboriginal Workforce Development Team on or call 61 8 9264 1777 for culturally appropriate application advice.

Alternatively, if you would like to seek assistance with your application, contact Jobs and Skills WA on 13 64 64.