SA Laws - Power Overreach
Published by AASGAA 2019-10-21
Any subsequent court hearing "is not bound by the rules of evidence but may inform itself as it thinks fit... without regard to technicalities and legal forms" relying instead on "the balance of probabilities" The federal government is pushing for these same laws in all states.
Published by ABC 2019-02-10
Client's account drained of thousands of dollars because of negligent inaction of her Public Trustee estate officer.
Published by ABC 2018-01-23
Government Trustee estate officer, Marie Bartels, jailed five years for stealing about $30k from deceased clients. However activists think she was a token sacrifice by the department in order to deflect from the many other more serious complaints.
ICAC Suggests Overhaul
Published by ICAC 2018-03-09
ICAC makes recommendations to Trustee in response to the token corruption conviction of Ms Bartels and more than 30 complaints of their officers. These 19 Recommendations are supposedly "for preventing or minimising corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration" but activists would have preferred further prosecution.
SA Accounting Fraud
Published by Seven TV 2014-10-06 Public Trustee accounting fraud exposed in a submission to the Federal Productivity Commission by Chris Jenkinson ( PDF or DOC ).
SA Senate Orders Inquiry
Published by Murdoch Press 2008-11-16 Former supervisor in the Office of the Public Trustee blew the whistle on an "appalling" culture of maladministration. He told parliament's Statutory Authorities Review Committee about becoming the target of abuse and bullying because he attempted to manage the work of his employees and their performance by ensuring the tasks set were carried out and the reports and audits were completed correctly.
An audit confirmed errors in 120 client files he kept records of and another whistleblower testified with similar experiences.