Confidentiality in the guardianship system

Confidentiality within the guardianship system is a topic that has been considered by various agencies, including the Queensland Law Reform Commission, over the last 15 years.

The Public Advocate has released a report that re-examines this topic, and which looks in particular at:

  • the making of confidentiality orders during guardianship proceedings, and
  • the general prohibition (contained in Section 114A of the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000) on the publication of the identity of a person who is subject to a guardianship proceeding unless certain other conditions apply.

The report includes three recommendation, which would, should they be adopted; improve the experiences of people in guardianship hearings; enable people to speak publicly about their experiences; and deliver some modest administrative efficiencies.

Public Accountability, Private Lives: Reconsidering the Queensland guardianship system's confidentiality requirements is available here.