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Adult Guardianship

Adult Guardianship gives someone the legal responsibility to make decisions for someone else, over the age of 18, who is unable to make reasonable judgements or decisions about their daily living because of an intellectual disability.

Advice about Adult Guardianship can be obtained from the below contacts.



Executive Office of Adult Guardianship

Level 1, Health House
87 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800

Ph: (08) 8922 7343
Fax: (08) 8922 7304

Office of Public Guardian

Ground Floor, Casuarina Plaza
Cnr Trower Road and Vanderlin Drive
Casuarina NT 0810

Ph: (08) 8922 7116

Alice Springs

Executive Office of Adult Guardianship

Territory Housing Building
2/21 Gregory Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870

Ph: (08) 8951 6028
Fax: (08) 8952 4395

The Office of the Public Guardian

Community Health Centre Block C
10 Flynn Dr, Gillen NT 0870

The Office of the Public Guardian

PO Box 721
Alice Springs 0871

Ph: (08) 8951 6739



Public consultation for the new legislation to reform and modernise adult guardianship in the Northern Territory was completed in March 2016.

On 24 May 2016 the Bill was debated and passed.

The proposed law is known as the Guardianship of Adults Bill 2016:

The Bill aims to provide a contemporary decision-making framework for Adult Guardianship in the Northern Territory recognising the overall wellbeing, human rights and fundamental freedoms of adults with impaired decision making capacity. It will align with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Person with Disabilities.


If you are interested in finding out more about the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT), please visit the NTCAT website.