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Reform to PT/OPA Services

The State Government has announced its intention to merge the Public Trustee and the Office of the Public Advocate, under reforms aimed at improving services to vulnerable South Australians.

The proposed merger would see customers and clients who currently use the services of both PT and OPA dealing with one agency that addresses all of their needs, providing a more consistent and coordinated service.

There will be no change to the services provided to other Public Trustee customers and no reduction to the level of support you currently receive.

The Public Advocate (opa.sa.gov.au) advocates on behalf of South Australians with a mental incapacity, investigating matters where an individual with a mental incapacity is at risk and can also manage decisions relating to a mentally incapacitated client’s accommodation, health, lifestyle and access.

It is important to note that the proposed merger will require legislative change – meaning that State Parliament will ultimately decide if the merger proceeds, and so in the short term at least, it will continue to be business as usual.

More information on the proposed reforms can be found here.