Senior public servant Pauline Bagdonavicius has been appointed Western Australia’s new Public Advocate.
Attorney General Jim McGinty said Ms Bagdonavicius had been a senior public servant in WA for more than a decade and had significant experience in community services and social justice.
“The Public Advocate provides a vital community service through independent advocacy, investigation and representation on behalf of some of our most vulnerable community members,” Mr McGinty said.
“As the State’s Public Advocate, Ms Bagdonavicius will bring to the role her wealth of experience and strong networks in health, justice, child protection and community services across both the public and non-Government sectors.
“Ms Bagdonavicius has a diverse range of management experience including strategic policy and planning, program development, resource management and organisational change.
“Previously a nurse and social worker, she has held executive director positions at the Departments for Child Protection, Community Development and Family and Children’s Services.
“Ms Bagdonavicius is passionate about ensuring the safety and rights of vulnerable Western Australians.
“In her previous role, she held executive responsibility for the team which developed the legislation for working with children checks and was involved with a number of high-level advisory committees, including the Ministerial Advisory Council on Child Protection, the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program State Advisory Committee and the Children and Young People in Care Advisory Committee.”
Ms Bagdonavicius said her experience working collaboratively with Government and
non-Government organisations would ensure the rights of people with a decision-making disability continued to be protected in WA.
“The Public Advocate must make hard decisions on behalf of people with a decision-making disability,” she said.
“I want to bring to this role not only my operational and administration experience, but also my compassion.”
Ms Bagdonavicius will take up her new position on March 31.
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