The Public Guardian has authority to investigate certain matters under section 17 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995.
The Public Guardian can investigate:
- Complaints or allegations about the actions of a private or enduring guardian
- Complaints or allegations about the actions of anyone acting or claiming to act under an enduring power of attorney
When should I consider a complaint?
- You are concerned a person with a disability may be at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation as a result of the actions of a guardian or enduring power of attorney
- You are concerned a guardian or attorney is not acting in the best interests of a person with a disability
- You are concerned the rights of a person with a disability are not being upheld
If you are worried about privacy or safety, you can speak to the OPG about your concerns. The OPG encourages community members and professionals to contact the office to discuss any concerns.
What are the possible outcomes of a complaint?
The Public Guardian can:
- Refer matters to the police or other authorities
- Give advice about making an application to the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, or taking other appropriate actions under the Act.
- Make an application to the Tribunal for the appointment of a guardian or administrator
- Provide advocacy, advice and referral
The Public Guardian’s role is not to bring charges or determine criminal matters.
Investigations for the Tribunal
Under s17, the Public Guardian must also investigate and report on any matter if requested to do so by the Tribunal
This may include:
- Issues pertaining to a matter (e.g. an application) before the Tribunal
- A person with a disability’s views, wishes and need for a guardian or an administrator