The Tasmanian Government will conduct an independent review into the administrative and operational practices of the Public Trustee.

While the Public Trustee operates independently of Government, a number of concerns have been raised both privately and through the media in recent days from clients of the Public Trustee around how their cases have been dealt with.

The Public Trustee interacts with Tasmanians at the most difficult times in their lives, and it’s important that Tasmanians have the highest level of confidence in them and the important role they serve.

The Public Trustee must provide professional services, delivered with integrity and understanding to the Tasmanian community, and this review will help resolve the concerns raised and assist the Public Trustee to continue to deliver these important services.

Treasury has been tasked with urgently developing Terms of Reference for an independent review to be undertaken as soon as practicable, and I intend to provide more detail on this in coming weeks.

I will also be meeting with Advocacy Tasmania shortly with the Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing to further discuss these issues and the upcoming review.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice