The Public Guardian is an independent statutory officer (appointed under the Public Guardian Act 2014) who protects the rights and interests of adults who don?t have capacity to make their own decisions due to an illness or disability and children and young people who are in out-of-home care (foster care, kinship care) residential care, youth detention and mental health and correctional facilities.
For adults with impaired capacity, the Public Guardian is part of the framework of human rights protection in Queensland, and does this by:
- assists people with impaired capacity to make decisions about their life by acting as their substitute decision-maker, either when appointed as guardian by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, as an attorney under an Enduring Power of Attorney or Advance Health Directive, or as Statutory Health Attorney of last resort;
- protects people from harm by investigating allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation against the adult by his/her guardian, personal attorney, administrator or others acting under informal decision-making arrangements;
- advocates and mediates for people with impaired capacity and educates the public on the guardianship system;
- promotes and protect people?s human rights by administering the Community Visitor Program, which involves independently monitoring accommodation facilities where vulnerable adults with impaired capacity live.