Communities and Justice

Becoming a GAL

The Secretary of the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) may designate a person with relevant qualifications and experience as a member of the Guardian ad Litem Panel (GAL Panel) for a period of up to three years, with an option of being designated for successive periods thereafter.

Once a person is designated as a GAL Panel member, they are eligible for appointment as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in proceedings under order of a participating Court or Tribunal and at the discretion of DCJ.

Become a Guardian ad Litem brochure (PDF, 112.8 KB)

Qualifications/experience desired

  • Qualifications in social, health or behavioural sciences or related disciplines, or equivalent experience.
  • Mediation, advocacy and decision making skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with various professionals and family members.
  • Basic knowledge of legal proceedings and the legal process.
  • Knowledge of issues affecting children and young people, people with illness, disability or disorder which may affect their decision-making capacity.

Anyone with the above qualifications / experience and interest in the role is encouraged to apply to become a GAL.

Aboriginal Guardian ad Litems

GALs represent clients from diverse backgrounds. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply to join the GAL Panel. More Aboriginal Guardian ad Litems mean better support for Aboriginal people to feel culturally safe and supported throughout the court process.

Become an Aboriginal Guardian ad Litem brochure (PDF, 244.3 KB)

Expressions of interest

If you are interested in applying to join the GAL Panel, please complete the online Expression of Interest form.

Please also refer to the Guardian ad Litem Recruitment Guidelines (PDF, 90.4 KB)

If you have any queries, please contact DCJ by email at

Last updated:

13 May 2024