The Community Visitor Scheme aims to protect the rights of people living with disability or mental illness who are:
- receiving care in a mental health treatment centre
- attending a community mental health facility
- living in disability accommodation
- attending a Day Options program
- living in a Supported Residential Facility (SRF).
Community Visitors visit and inspect facilities and provide advocacy and support to the people there.
The Principal Community Visitor and Community Visitors are independent statutory officers. Their independence is vital to the Scheme. Clients, carers and family members can speak freely to them, knowing they are not attached to service providers.
The legislative framework for the Community Visitor Scheme comes from The South Australian Mental Health Act 2009 and the Disability Services (Community Visitor Scheme) Regulations 2013.