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Part 4—Provisions relating to the Office of Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children

Part 4 Provisions relating to the Office of Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children

Division 1 Establishment

29   Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children

             (1)  There is to be an Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children.

             (2)  The Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children consists of:

                     (a)  the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children; and

                     (b)  the staff mentioned in section 31.

             (3)  For the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999 :

                     (a)  the Guardian and the staff mentioned in section 31 together constitute a Statutory Agency; and

                     (b)  the Guardian is the Head of that Statutory Agency.

Note:          The Guardian holds an office equivalent to that of a Secretary of a Department (see the definition of Agency Head in section 7 of the Public Service Act 1999 ).

Division 2 Functions

30   Functions of the Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children

                   The functions of the Office of the Guardian for Unaccompanied Non-citizen Children are:

                     (a)  to assist the Guardian in the performance of functions and the exercise of powers conferred on the Guardian by this Act or by another Act; and

                     (b)  to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of those functions or the exercise of those powers; and

                     (c)  to exercise or perform any other functions conferred on the Office by this Act or by another Act.

Division 3 Staff and consultants

31   Staff

                   The staff assisting the Guardian for the purposes of this Act must be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 .

32   Consultants

                   The Guardian may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, engage consultants to assist in the performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers of the Guardian.