Powers of investigation
We have powers under the Public Guardian Act 2014 to utilise during the course of an investigation including:
- requiring people to produce records and accounts
- gaining access to any relevant information, such as medical files
- issuing a summons ordering a person who has been uncooperative to provide information
- applying for an entry and removal warrant if a person is at immediate risk of harm
- being able to suspend an attorney’s power.
Our investigation will gather evidence to find out whether the allegations can be substantiated on the balance of probabilities. The purpose of an investigation is to identify the level of risk for the vulnerable person and the action needed to best protect them.
Where possible, we try to resolve allegations informally. If necessary, we refer evidence to the police for their investigation or other matters to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).