(1) The following powers are monitoring powers :
(a) any of the following in relation to premises:
(i) to search the premises;
(ii) to take photographs (including a video recording), or make sketches, of the premises or any substance or thing at the premises;
(iii) to inspect, examine and take samples of, any substance or thing on or in the premises;
(iv) to inspect any document or record kept at the premises;
(v) to take extracts from, or make copies of, any document or record at the premises;
(vi) to take onto the premises any equipment or material reasonably necessary for the purpose of exercising a power under paragraph (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v);
(b) in relation to a thing that may afford evidence of the commission of an offence against this Act, the powers in subsection (2);
(c) in relation to documents or records at premises, the powers in subsections (3) and (4).
(2) If an * authorised officer, during a search of premises, believes on reasonable grounds that there is at the premises a thing that may afford evidence of the commission of an offence against this Act, the monitoring powers include securing the thing pending the obtaining of a warrant to seize it.
(3) The monitoring powers include operating equipment at the premises to see whether:
(a) the equipment; or
(b) a disk, tape or other storage device that:
(i) is at the premises; and
(ii) can be used with or is associated with the equipment;
contains information that is relevant to assessing, in respect of an approved provider, any of the following things:
(c) whether responsibilities under Chapter 4 have been complied with;
(d) whether claims for payments under Chapter 3 of this Act or Chapter 3 of the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 or other payments under this Act or the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 have been properly made;
(e) whether appraisals or reappraisals made under Part 2.4 have been properly made;
(f) whether conditions of grants under Chapter 5 have been complied with;
(g) whether records have been kept as required under Part 6.3.
(4) If an * authorised officer, after operating equipment at the premises, finds that the equipment, or a disk, tape or other storage device at the premises, contains information of that kind, the monitoring powers include:
(a) operating facilities at the premises to put the information in documentary form and copying the documents so produced; or
(b) if the information can be transferred to a disk, tape or other storage device that:
(i) is brought to the premises; or
(ii) is at the premises and the use of which for the purpose has been agreed in writing by the occupier of the premises;
operating the equipment or other facilities to copy the information to the storage device and removing the storage device from the premises.