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GUARDIANSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION ACT 1986 - SECT 18A

Powers of inspection

    (1)     The Public Advocate is entitled to enter any premises on which an institution is situated and—

        (a)     inspect those premises; and

        (b)     see any person who is a resident of those premises or who is receiving any service from the institution; and

        (c)     make enquiries relating to the admission, care, detention, treatment or control of any such person; and

S. 18A(1)(d) amended by Nos 23/2006 s. 240(1), 49/2010 s. 229(1), 26/2014
s. 455(Sch. item 12.1).

        (d)     inspect any document relating to any such person or any record required to be kept under this Act, the Health Services Act 1988 , the Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010 , the Disability Act 2006 or the Mental Health Act 2014 .

    (2)     Subsection (1)(d) does not authorise the Public Advocate to inspect—

        (a)     a person's medical records unless that person consents; or

        (b)     personnel records unless the person to whom they relate consents.

    (3)     The person in charge and the members of staff or management of the institution must provide the Public Advocate with any reasonable assistance that the Public Advocate requires to perform or exercise any power, duty or function under this section effectively.

    (4)     A person in charge or a member of the staff or management of an institution must not—

        (a)     unreasonably refuse or neglect to give assistance when required to do so under subsection (3); or

        (b)     refuse or fail to give full and true answers to the best of that person's knowledge to any questions asked by the Public Advocate in the performance or exercise of any power, duty or function under this section; or

        (c)     assault, obstruct or threaten the Public Advocate in the performance or exercise of any power, duty or function under this section.

Penalty:     25 penalty units.

    (5)     In this section "institution" means any of the following—

S. 18A(5)(a) substituted by No. 23/2006 s. 240(2)(a).

        (a)     a disability service provider within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Disability Act 2006 ;

S. 18A(5)(b) amended by No. 49/2010 s. 229(2)(a).

        (b)     a designated public hospital within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1988 ;

S. 18A(5)(c) substituted by No. 23/2006 s. 240(2)(b).

        (c)     a residential service, residential institution or residential treatment facility within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Disability Act 2006 ;

S. 18A(5)(ca) inserted by No. 19/2019 s. 261(1).

        (ca)     a short-term accommodation and assistance dwelling within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Disability Act 2006 ;

S. 18A(5)(cb) inserted by No. 19/2019 s. 261(1).

        (cb)     an SDA enrolled dwelling in respect of which an SDA resident resides under an SDA residency agreement within the meaning of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 ;

S. 18A(5)(d) amended by No. 49/2010 s. 229(2)(b), substituted by No. 26/2014 s. 455(Sch. item 12.2).

        (d)     a prescribed premises within the meaning of Part 9 of the Mental Health Act 2014 ;

S. 18A(5)(e) inserted by No. 49/2010 s. 229(2)(c).

        (e)     a supported residential service within the meaning of the Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010 .

Part 4—Guardianship orders

Division 1—Application for guardianship order



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