Acting Public Guardian: Shayna Smith
The Public Guardian is an independent statutory appointment of the Queensland Government – they are not a public servant. The Public Guardian is vested by the government with decision-making powers under the Public Guardian Act 2014, the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 and the Powers of Attorney Act 1998. The Public Guardian is also the CEO of the Office of the Public Guardian, which comprises over 300 staff across Queensland.
Shayna Smith is the currently Acting Public Guardian while a recruitment and appointment process for the Queensland Public Guardian is undertaken.
Shayna is a senior government lawyer and prior to joining the Office of the Public Guardian in 2015, Shayna worked across the fair trading, liquor, education and justice portfolios in policy and legislation for over 14 years, with a strong focus on consumer protection. Shayna’s previous professional experience was in the private legal sector, practising predominantly in the property, commercial litigation and criminal injury compensation sectors, both in Brisbane and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Shayna holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. She is an admitted solicitor to both the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia and is a member of the Queensland Law Society Health and Disability Law Committee.