Alcohol and Drug Dependency Act 1968


Tasmanian Crest
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Act 1968

An Act to make provision with respect to the treatment and control of persons suffering from alcohol dependency or drug dependency, to bring to an end the provisions of the Inebriates Act 1885 and the Inebriate Hospitals Act 1892 and certain provisions of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1959 , and to make provision with respect to incidental and consequential matters

[Royal Assent 5 December 1968]

Be it enacted by His Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and House of Assembly, in Parliament assembled, as follows:

PART I - Preliminary

1.   Short title and commencement

(1)  This Act may be cited as the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Act 1968 .
(2)  This Act shall come into force on a date to be fixed by proclamation.

2.   Interpretation

(1)  [Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 7 of 1993, s. 6 and Sched. 2 ][Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 5 ]In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears –
absent without leave has the meaning assigned to that expression by section 46 (2) ;
admission application has the meaning assigned to that expression by section 23 (1) ;
alcohol means any form of alcohol or any liquid containing any form of alcohol, and includes any spirituous or fermented liquors, methylated spirits, and any mixture containing any such liquor or spirits;
application means an application made under section 29 or 34 ;
convey includes any other expression denoting removal from one place to another;
drug has the meaning assigned to that expression by section 4 (3) ;
[Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 32 of 1996, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Nov 1999] [Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 69 of 2013, Sched. 1, Applied:17 Feb 2014]
[Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 69 of 2013, Sched. 1, Applied:17 Feb 2014] hospital means a place equipped for the care of patients on a live-in basis (whether or not provision is also made for the treatment of outpatients);
[Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 69 of 2013, Sched. 1, Applied:17 Feb 2014] hospital authority means the body or person responsible for administering a hospital;
initial period, when used in relation to a patient, has the meaning assigned to that expression by section 30 (2) ;
[Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 3 of 2010, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Jul 2010]
medical treatment includes nursing, and also includes care and training under medical supervision;
member means a member of the Tribunal appointed under section 8 ;
patient means a person suffering, or appearing to be suffering, from alcohol dependency or drug dependency, and includes any person liable to be detained under this Act;
personal application has the meaning assigned to that expression by section 23 (2) ;
place of safety, when used in relation to a patient, means –
(a) a treatment centre the superintendent of which is willing to receive the patient;
(b) a hospital the hospital authority of which is willing to receive the patient;
(c) a police station; or
(d) any other place the occupier of which is willing to receive the patient;
[Section 2 Subsection (1) amended by No. 45 of 2003, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Jan 2004] relative, in relation to a patient, includes the person with whom the patient is in a personal relationship, within the meaning of the Relationships Act 2003 ;
responsible medical officer, when used in relation to a patient liable to be detained in a treatment centre, means the medical practitioner in charge of the treatment of the patient;
Secretary means the Secretary of the Department;
superintendent, when used in relation to a treatment centre, means the superintendent of that centre appointed under section 15 ;
transfer direction means a transfer direction made under section 37 ;
treatment centre means any premises or a part of any premises declared to be a treatment centre under section 15 ;
treatment order means an order made under section 30 ;
Tribunal means the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Tribunal established under section 7 ;
welfare officer means a person appointed as a welfare officer under section 16 , or authorized to perform the duties and exercise the powers of a welfare officer under that section.
(2)  [Section 2 Subsection (2) amended by No. 65 of 1971, s. 2 ]References in this Act to a person liable to be detained shall be construed as references to a person who, in pursuance of any application, order, or direction is liable under this Act to be detained in a treatment centre, whether or not he is for the time being absent from that centre with leave or otherwise.
(3)  [Section 2 Subsection (3) amended by No. 46 of 1991, s. 4 and Sched. 3 ]References in this Act to a sentence of imprisonment shall be deemed to include references to –
(a) a sentence or order of a court whereby a person is authorized to be detained in –
(i) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
(ii) an institution within the meaning of section 72 of the Police Offences Act 1935 ; and
(b) a sentence or order of a court whereby a person is committed to prison –
(i) on his refusal, failure, or neglect to enter into a recognizance that he has been required to enter into on his conviction for an offence or under Part X of the Justices Act 1959 ; or
(ii) in default of the payment of any sum adjudged to be paid on his conviction for an offence –
and for the purposes of this Act a person shall be deemed to be liable to serve a sentence of imprisonment during the period between the taking effect of that sentence and its expiration.
(4)  [Section 2 Subsection (4) omitted by No. 46 of 1991, s. 4 and Sched. 3 ].  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
(5)  Where sentences of imprisonment have been passed on a person so as to run concurrently or consecutively those sentences shall, subject to this Act, be treated for the purposes of this Act as one sentence of imprisonment for the term during which, if no treatment order or transfer direction had been made in respect of him, he would have been liable to be detained in pursuance of those sentences.
(6)  Where a sentence of imprisonment is passed on a person and the further execution of that sentence after a specified term (in this subsection referred to as "the initial term") is suspended that sentence shall, for the purposes of this Act, be treated as a sentence of imprisonment for the initial term together with a further sentence, the execution of which is suspended, for a term equivalent in length to the amount by which the full term of the sentence so passed exceeds the initial term.
(7)  For the purposes of subsection (3) a sentence of imprisonment the execution of which is suspended shall be deemed not to have taken effect unless it has been put into execution.
(8)  Where a person is liable to serve a sentence of imprisonment he shall, for the purposes of determining the date of the expiration of that sentence, be deemed to be serving that sentence throughout any period during which he would have been liable to be detained in custody in pursuance of that sentence if a treatment order or a transfer direction had not been made in respect of him.
(9)  References in this Act to the expiration of a sentence of imprisonment passed on a person shall be construed as references to the expiration of the period during which he is liable to be detained in custody in pursuance of that sentence or would be so liable if a treatment order or a transfer direction had not been made in respect of him.
(10)  References in this Act to an offence punishable with imprisonment shall be construed without regard to any prohibition or restriction on imprisonment imposed by or under any enactment by reference to the age of the offender.

3.   Meaning of alcohol dependency

For the purposes of this Act a person shall be regarded as suffering from alcohol dependency if he consumes alcohol to excess and –
(a) is thereby dangerous at times to himself or others or incapable at times of managing himself or his affairs; or
(b) shows prodromal signs of becoming so dangerous or so incapable.

4.   Meaning of drugs and drug dependency

(1)  For the purposes of subsections (2) and (4) , dependency means a condition of a person arising from the taking of a substance that is manifested by –
(a) an interference with his bodily or mental health; or
(b) an interference with his capacity to engage in ordinary relations with other persons or to earn his own livelihood or to undertake any duties or perform any functions that he might reasonably be expected to undertake or perform.
(2)  Where the Governor is satisfied that a substance is of such a nature that it can give rise to dependency he may, by order, declare that substance to be a drug to which this Act applies, and he may, if he thinks fit, revoke or vary any order made under this section.
(3)  References in this Act to a drug shall be construed as references to a substance that is, for the time being, declared under subsection (2) to be a drug to which this Act applies.
(4)  For the purposes of this Act a person shall be regarded as suffering from drug dependency if he takes drugs to the extent that –
(a) he is thereby dangerous at times to himself or others or incapable at times of managing himself or his affairs; or
(b) he shows prodromal signs of becoming so dangerous or so incapable.

5.   Informal admission of patients

(1)  Nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing a patient who requires treatment for alcohol dependency or drug dependency from being admitted to a treatment centre or any other place in pursuance of arrangements made in that behalf, and without any application, order, or direction rendering him liable to be detained under this Act, or from remaining in a treatment centre in pursuance of any arrangements made in that behalf after he has ceased to be so liable to be detained.
(2)  In the case of an infant who has attained the age of 16 years and is capable of expressing his own wishes, any such arrangements as are mentioned in subsection (1) may be made, carried out, and determined notwithstanding any right of custody or control vested by law in his parent or guardian.

6.   Saving for Mental Health Act 2013

[Section 6 Amended by No. 32 of 1996, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Nov 1999] [Section 6 Amended by No. 69 of 2013, Sched. 1, Applied:17 Feb 2014] Except as otherwise expressly provided therein, nothing in this Act prejudices or affects the operation of the Mental Health Act 2013 , and the fact that a person is, or appears to be, suffering from alcohol dependency or drug dependency does not of itself prevent the making of any application, order, or direction under that Act in respect of him.
PART II - Administration
Division I - Alcohol and Drug Dependency Tribunal
[Part II, Div. I  Substituted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 6 ]

7.   Alcohol and Drug Dependency Tribunal

[Section 7 Substituted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 6 ]The Alcohol and Drug Dependency Tribunal is established.

8.   Membership of Tribunal

[Section 8 Substituted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 6 ]
(1)  The Tribunal consists of 5 persons appointed by the Governor –
(a) [Section 8 Subsection (1) amended by No. 3 of 2010, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Jul 2010] 3 of whom are medical practitioners with experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of persons suffering from alcohol or drug dependency; and
(b) 2 of whom are persons with suitable qualifications or experience.
(2)  The Governor may appoint a member as chairperson of the Tribunal.
(3)  If the chairperson of the Tribunal is ill or absent from the State, the other members may choose a member to be an acting chairperson and an acting chairperson may exercise the same powers and must perform the same duties as does the chairperson of the Tribunal.
(4)  Schedule 1 has effect with respect to the membership of the Tribunal.

9.   Functions and powers of Tribunal

[Section 9 Substituted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 6 ]
(1)  The function of the Tribunal is to hear and determine applications.
(2)  The Tribunal has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in connection with the performance of its function and, in particular, has power to –
(a) require the patient, in respect of whom the application is made, to be brought before the Tribunal; and
(b) authorize a person appointed by the Tribunal to examine or interview the patient in private; and
(c) require medical records relating to the patient to be produced to the Tribunal or a person authorized by it.

10.   Hearing and determining applications

[Section 10 Substituted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 6 ]
(1)  The following members of the Tribunal, at least 2 of whom are to be persons referred to in section 8 (1) (a) , are to hear and determine an application:
(a) the chairperson;
(b) 2 other members nominated by the chairperson.
(2)  The Tribunal may conduct a formal hearing or an informal hearing in respect of an application.
(3)  The conduct of, and proceedings at, a hearing in respect of an application are to be in accordance with the regulations.

11.   Staff and facilities

[Section 11 Substituted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 6 ]
(1)  [Section 11 Subsection (1) amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] The Tribunal may, with the approval of the Head of a State Service Agency, appoint a State Service officer or State Service employee employed in that Agency to be the clerk of the Tribunal, and that person may hold that office in conjunction with State Service employment.
(2)  The Secretary may make arrangements for any services or facilities required by the Tribunal.

12.   

[Section 12 Repealed by No. 64 of 1993, s. 6 ].  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

13.   

[Section 13 Repealed by No. 64 of 1993, s. 6 ].  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

14.   

[Section 14 Repealed by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ].  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Division II - Treatment centres, welfare officers, &c.

15.   Treatment centres and the superintendents thereof

[Section 15 Amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]
(1)  [Section 15 Subsection (1) amended by No. 65 of 1971, s. 3 ][Section 15 Subsection (1) amended by No. 7 of 1993, s. 6 and Sched. 2 ]On the recommendation of the Secretary, the Governor may, by order, declare any premises or part of any premises (being premises or a part of any premises at which mental health services are provided) to be a treatment centre for the purposes of this Act.
(2)  [Section 15 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 15 Subsection (2) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]The Secretary may appoint a medical practitioner employed in the Department to be the superintendent of a treatment centre.
(2A)  [Section 15 Subsection (2A) inserted by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 15 Subsection (2A) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 15 Subsection (2A) amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] The Secretary may, with the approval of another Head of a State Service Agency, appoint a medical practitioner employed in that Agency to be superintendent of a treatment centre.
(3)  [Section 15 Subsection (3) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]The Secretary shall publish in the Gazette notice of the appointment under this section of a person as superintendent of a treatment centre and notice of any person ceasing to be such a superintendent.
(4)  Regulations under this Act may regulate the manner in which the functions of the superintendent of a treatment centre may be exercised under this Act and may authorize, in such circumstances and subject to such conditions (if any) as may be prescribed, those functions to be exercised by some other person acting on behalf of the superintendent.

16.   Welfare officers

(1)  [Section 16 Subsection (1) substituted by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 16 Subsection (1) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 16 Subsection (1) amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] The Secretary may appoint State Service officers or State Service employees employed in the Department to be welfare officers for the purposes of this Act.
(1A)  [Section 16 Subsection (1A) inserted by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 16 Subsection (1A) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 16 Subsection (1A) amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] The Secretary may, with the approval of another Head of a State Service Agency, appoint State Service officers and State Service employees employed in that Agency to be welfare officers for the purposes of this Act, and such employees may hold office as welfare officers in conjunction with State Service employment.
(1B)  [Section 16 Subsection (1B) inserted by No. 29 of 1984, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 16 Subsection (1B) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 16 Subsection (1B) amended by No. 86 of 2000, Sched. 1, Applied:01 May 2001] The Secretary may authorize persons who are not State Service officers or State Service employees to perform the duties and exercise the powers of welfare officers for the purposes of this Act.
(2)  [Section 16 Subsection (2) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]The Secretary shall publish in the Gazette notice of the appointment under this section of a person as a welfare officer and notice of any person ceasing to be a welfare officer.
PART III - .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
[Part III Repealed by No. 29 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Sep 2009]

17.   

[Section 17 Repealed by No. 29 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Sep 2009] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

18.   

[Section 18 Subsection (1) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 18 Subsection (1) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ][Section 18 Repealed by No. 29 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Sep 2009] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

19.   

[Section 19 Subsection (1) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ][Section 19 Repealed by No. 29 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Sep 2009] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

20.   

[Section 20 Subsection (7) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ][Section 20 Repealed by No. 29 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Sep 2009] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

21.   

[Section 21 Amended by No. 65 of 1971, s. 4 ][Section 21 Amended by No. 7 of 1993, s. 6 and Sched. 2 ][Section 21 Repealed by No. 29 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Sep 2009] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

22.   

[Section 22 Subsection (1) amended by No. 5 of 1990, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ][Section 22 Subsection (4) omitted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 7 ][Section 22 Repealed by No. 29 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Sep 2009] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
PART IV - [Part IV Heading amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 8 ]Patients Admitted to Treatment Centres
Division I - Admission on application

23.   Admission applications

(1)  A patient may be admitted to a treatment centre, and there detained in accordance with this Act, in pursuance of an application (in this Act referred to as an admission application) made in accordance with this Act.
(2)  An admission application may be made by the patient himself or by a relative of his or by a welfare officer, and an admission application made by the patient himself is in this Act referred to as a personal application.
(3)  An admission application shall be in the prescribed form, specifying the treatment centre to which admission is sought, and shall be addressed to the superintendent of that centre.
(4)  An admission application that is made by a relative of the patient shall state the relationship of the applicant to the patient, and an admission application that is made by a welfare officer shall state that it is so made.
(5)  An admission application (other than a personal application) shall not be made by any person unless that person has personally seen the patient within the period of 14 days ending with the date of the application.
(6)  An admission application for the admission of a patient to a treatment centre may be made notwithstanding that the patient is already an in-patient in that treatment centre, not being liable to be detained therein under this Part, and where an admission application is so made the patient shall be treated for the purposes of this Part as if he had been admitted to the treatment centre at the time when the application is received by the superintendent of that treatment centre or some other person acting on his behalf under this Act.

24.   Provisions as to applications other than personal applications

(1)  This section does not apply to personal applications.
(2)  An admission application may be made in respect of a patient on the grounds –
(a) that he is suffering from alcohol dependency or drug dependency to a degree that warrants his detention in a treatment centre for medical treatment; and
(b) that it is necessary in the interests of his health or safety or for the protection of other persons that he be so detained.
(3)  An admission application shall be founded on the recommendation of a medical practitioner made in accordance with this Part, and such a recommendation is in this Act referred to as a medical recommendation.
(4)  A medical recommendation upon which an admission application is founded shall include a statement that in the opinion of the medical practitioner by whom it is given the conditions set out in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2) are complied with in respect of the patient and shall contain –
(a) such particulars as may be prescribed of the grounds of the opinion so far as it relates to the conditions set out in paragraph (a) of that subsection; and
(b) a statement of the reasons for the opinion so far as it relates to the conditions set out in paragraph (b) of that subsection.
(5)  An admission application shall specify whether it is made on grounds that the patient is suffering from alcohol dependency or from drug dependency or from both of those conditions.
(6)  The medical recommendation necessary to found an admission application shall not be given by a medical practitioner unless he has personally examined the patient, and shall be signed on or before the date of the application.
(7)  A medical recommendation upon which an application is founded shall not be made by the applicant himself.

25.   Rectification of admission applications and medical recommendations

(1)  If, within the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which a patient has been admitted to a treatment centre in pursuance of an admission application, the application or the medical recommendation on which it is founded, is found to be in any respect incorrect or defective, the application or recommendation may, within that period, and with the consent of the superintendent of the treatment centre, be amended by the person by whom it was signed.
(2)  Upon an amendment being made to an admission application or a medical recommendation under subsection (1) the application or recommendation has effect and shall be deemed always to have had effect as if it had been originally made as so amended.

26.   Effect of admission applications

(1)  An admission application (not being a personal application) for the admission of a patient to a treatment centre is sufficient authority for the applicant, or any person authorized by him, to convey the patient to the treatment centre at any time during the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which the patient was examined by the medical practitioner upon whose medical recommendation the application is founded for the last time before he signed that recommendation.
(2)  An admission application for the admission of a patient to a treatment centre is sufficient authority for the superintendent of the treatment centre to cause him to be detained in the treatment centre in accordance with this Act if –
(a) the application is a personal application and he is admitted to the treatment centre within the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which he made the application; or
(b) he is conveyed to the treatment centre in pursuance of subsection (1) and admitted therein.
(3)  Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this section an admission application (not being a personal application) ceases to have effect at the expiration of a period of 14 days beginning on the day on which the patient was admitted to a treatment centre in pursuance of that application unless, during that period, the appropriate medical officer issues a certificate stating that in his opinion the conditions referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2) of section 24 are complied with in respect of the patient and, in relation to that opinion, that certificate contains such particulars and statements as are referred to in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of that section.
(4)  Where an admission application ceases to have effect under subsection (3) the patient ceases to be liable to be detained thereunder.
(5)  For the purposes of subsection (3) , the appropriate medical officer, in relation to an admission application, means a medical practitioner (not being the medical practitioner who gave the medical recommendation on which the admission application was founded) who is either the superintendent of the treatment centre in which the patient is liable to be detained or a medical practitioner directed by that superintendent to examine the patient.

27.   Duration of authority for detention in treatment centres

(1)  Subject to this Part, a patient admitted to a treatment centre in pursuance of an admission application may be detained in that centre for a period of 6 months beginningwith the day on which he was so admitted and for such further periods for which authority for his detention may be renewed under this section.
(2)  Within the period of one month ending on the day on which a patient who is liable to be detained in pursuance of an admission application would cease under this section to be so liable in default of the renewal of the authority for his detention, it is the duty of the responsible medical officer to examine the patient or to obtain from a medical practitioner a report on an examination of the patient made within that period by that practitioner on the request of the responsible medical officer; and if it appears to the responsible medical officer that it is necessary in the interests of the patient's health or safety or for the protection of other persons that the patient should continue to be liable to be detained he shall furnish to the superintendent of the treatment centre at which the patient is liable to be detained a report to that effect.
(3)  Subject to this section, where a report is furnished under subsection (2) , the authority for the detention of the patient is thereby renewed for a further period of 6 months.
(4)  Notwithstanding anything in subsection (3) such a report as is referred to therein does not have the effect of renewing the authority for the detention of the patient who is liable to be detained under a personal application or under an admission application made by a relative of the patient unless –
(a) in the case of a patient who is liable to be detained under a personal application, the patient consents in writing to the renewal of the authority; or
(b) in the case of a patient who is liable to be detained under an admission application made by a relative of his, the patient or that relative consents in writing to the renewal of the authority.
(5)  Where a report under this section is furnished in respect of a patient the superintendent shall, unless he discharges the patient, cause him to be informed of the effect of the report.
Division IA - [Part IV, Div. IA Heading inserted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 9 ]Discharge of patients

28.   Discharge of patients by treatment centre

(1)  Where a patient is liable to be detained in a treatment centre in pursuance of an admission application the superintendent of that treatment centre may, by order, discharge the patient from detention on such date as may be specified in the order, and, on the date so specified, the patient ceases to be liable to be detained in pursuance of that application.
(2)  An order shall not be made under this section in respect of a patient by the superintendent of a treatment centre except after consultation with the medical practitioner on whose medical recommendation the admission application pursuant to which the patient is liable to be detained was founded, unless it appears to the superintendent that, in the circumstances, that consultation is not reasonably practicable or is undesirable.

29.   Discharge of patients by Tribunal

(1)  [Section 29 Subsection (1) amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 10 ]Application may at any time be made to the Tribunal by a patient liable to be detained in the treatment centre in pursuance of an admission application, or by some relative of his on his behalf, for an order for the discharge of the patient.
(2)  [Section 29 Subsection (2) amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 10 ]On an application under this section the Tribunal, if in all the circumstances it considers it proper so to do, may order the discharge of the patient, and it is to order the patient to be discharged if it is satisfied –
(a) that the patient was admitted to a treatment centre in pursuance of an application made as the result of a mistake or any false representation; or
(b) that there is no sufficient cause for his remaining liable to be detained in a treatment centre.
(3)  On the making of an order under this section that a patient be discharged he ceases to be liable to be detained under the admission application.
Division II - Persons convicted of offences

30.   

[Section 30 Subsection (1) amended by No. 6 of 1986, s. 4 ][Section 30 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

31.   

[Section 31 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

31A.   

[Section 31A Inserted by No. 6 of 1986, s. 5 ][Section 31A Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

32.   

[Section 32 Subsection (1) amended by No. 7 of 1993, s. 6 and Sched. 2 ][Section 32 Subsection (1) amended by No. 6 of 1986, s. 6 ][Section 32 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

33.   

[Section 33 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

34.   

[Section 34 Subsection (4) amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 11 ][Section 34 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

35.   

[Section 35 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

36.   

[Section 36 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Division III - Transfer of persons in custody

37.   

[Section 37 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

38.   

[Section 38 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

39.   

[Section 39 Subsection (2) amended by No. 33 of 1996, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Sep 1997] [Section 39 Subsection (9) omitted by No. 46 of 1991, s. 4 and Sched. 3 ][Section 39 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

40.   

[Section 40 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Division IV - Supplementary provisions as to persons subject to criminal and other proceedings

41.   

[Section 41 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

42.   

[Section 42 Repealed by No. 59 of 1997, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Aug 1998] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

43.   

[Section 43 Repealed by No. 46 of 1991, s. 4 and Sched. 3 ].  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Division V - General provisions as to patients liable to detention

44.   Transfer of patients from one treatment centre to another

(1)  Where a patient is liable to be detained in a treatment centre the superintendent of that treatment centre may, by a direction in writing, direct that he be transferred to another treatment centre.
(2)  A direction under this section directing the transfer of a patient from one treatment centre to another is sufficient authority during the period of 28 days beginning with the date of the direction for a person authorized in that behalf by the superintendent of either treatment centre to convey the patient to the treatment centre to which he is so directed to be transferred.
(3)  Where a patient who is liable to be detained in pursuance of an admission application is transferred under this section the provisions of this Part apply in respect of him as if the admission application were an application for admission to the treatment centre to which he is transferred and as if he had been admitted to that treatment centre at the time he was originally admitted to a treatment centre in pursuance of the application.
(4)  Where a patient who is liable to be detained in pursuance of a treatment order or a transfer direction is transferred under this section the provisions of this Part apply in respect of him as if the order or direction specified as the treatment centre in which he is to be detained in pursuance of the order or direction, the treatment centre to which he is transferred, and as if he had been admitted to that treatment centre at the time he was originally admitted to a treatment centre in pursuance of the order or direction.
(5)  Such a patient as is referred to in section 41 (1) shall not be transferred under this section from one treatment centre to another without the consent of the Attorney-General.

45.   Leave of absence

(1)  [Section 45 Subsection (1) amended by No. 6 of 1986, s. 7 ]The responsible medical officer may in the prescribed form grant to a patient who is for the time being liable to be detained in a treatment centre leave to be absent from the centre subject to such conditions (if any) as he considers necessary in the interests of the patient or for the protection of other persons.
(2)  Leave of absence may be granted to a patient under this section either indefinitely or on specified occasions or for any specified period; and where leave is so granted for a specified period, that period may be extended by further leave granted in the absence of the patient.
(3)  Where it appears to the responsible medical officer that it is necessary so to do in the interests of the patient or for the protection of other persons, he may, upon the granting of leave of absence under this section, direct that the patient remain in custody during his absence; and where leave of absence is so granted the patient may be kept in the custody of any officer on the staff of the treatment centre or of any person authorized in that behalf in writing by the superintendent of the treatment centre.
(4)  Where a patient is absent from a treatment centre in pursuance of leave of absence granted under this section, and it appears to the responsible medical officer that it is necessary so to do in the interests of the patient's health or safety or for the protection of other persons, the responsible medical officer may, by notice in writing given to the patient or to the person for the time being in charge of the patient, revoke the leave of absence and recall the patient to the treatment centre.
(5)  A patient to whom leave of absence has been granted under this section shall not be recalled under subsection (4) after he has ceased to be liable to be detained in a treatment centre.
(6)  The power to grant leave of absence under this section to such a patient as is referred to in section 41 (1) shall not be exercised without the consent of the Attorney-General, and if leave of absence is granted to such a patient under this Act, the power to recall the patient is vested in the Attorney-General as well as in the responsible medical officer.

46.   Patients absent without leave

(1)  Where a patient who is for the time being liable to be detained in a treatment centre under this Part –
(a) absents himself from the centre without leave granted under section 45 ;
(b) fails to return to the centre on any occasion on which, or at the expiration of any period for which, leave of absence was granted to him under that section, or upon being recalled thereunder; or
(c) absents himself without permission from any place at which he is required to reside in accordance with conditions imposed on the grant of leave of absence under that section –
he may be taken into custody and returned to the treatment centre, or that place, by any officer on the staff of the centre, by a police officer, or by any person authorized in writing by the superintendent of the treatment centre.
(2)  For the purposes of this Act a patient shall be regarded as being absent without leave at any time at which he is absent from a treatment centre or other place and liable or, if he were then in the State, would be liable, to be taken into custody and returned under this section.

47.   Effect of absence without leave on period of detention

(1)  If on the day on which, apart from this section, a patient would cease to be liable to be detained in a treatment centre, or within the period of 7 days ending on that day, he is absent without leave, he does not cease to be so liable until the expiration of the period of 7 days beginning with the day on which he is returned or returns to the treatment centre in which he is liable to be detained.
(2)  Where the period for which a patient is liable to be detained is extended by virtue of this section any examination, report, recommendation, or authority for the extension of the period for which he is liable to be detained that is required or authorized to be made under section 27 or section 34 may be made, furnished, or issued within the period as so extended.
(3)  Where the authority for the detention of a patient is renewed by virtue of this section after the day on which, apart from this section, that authority would have expired, the renewal takes effect as from that day.

48.   Patients taken into other custody while liable to detention

(1)  Where a person who is liable to be detained under this Act is detained in custody in pursuance of any sentence, order, direction, or other determination passed or made by a court having jurisdiction in the State for a period exceeding, or for successive periods exceeding in the aggregate, 3 months, the application, order, or direction by virtue of which he is so liable to be detained ceases to have effect at the expiration of that period of 3 months.
(2)  Where a person is detained in such custody as is referred to in subsection (1) , but on or before the day on which he was discharged from that custody he would, apart from this section, have ceased to be liable to be detained under an application, order, or direction under this Act, then, unless that application, order, or direction has ceased to have effect under that subsection, he shall be deemed to have continued, in pursuance of that application, order, or direction, to have remained so liable until the end of the day on which he was so discharged from that custody.
(3)  Section 47 applies in relation to a patient referred to in subsection (2) as if he had absented himself without leave on the day on which he was discharged from the custody referred to in that subsection.

49.   Visiting and examination of patients in relation to applications to the Tribunal, &c.

[Section 49 Amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 12 ]For the purposes of advising whether an application to the Tribunal should be made by or in respect of a patient who is liable to be detained, or of furnishing information as to the condition of a patient for the purposes of such an application, or of advising as to the exercise by a relative of a patient of his power to consent to the renewal of the authority for the detention of the patient, a medical practitioner authorized in that behalf by the patient or a relative of his may, at any reasonable time, visit the patient and examine him in private.
PART V - [Part V Heading amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 13 ]Applications to the Tribunal

50.   Limitation on applications

[Section 50 Amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 14 ]An application is not to be made to the Tribunal by or in respect of a patient except in such cases and at such times as are expressly provided by this Act.

51.   

[Section 51 Repealed by No. 64 of 1993, s. 15 ].  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

52.   Tribunal procedures

(1)  [Section 52 Subsection (1) amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 16 ]Regulations under this Act may make provision with respect to the making of applications to the Tribunal and the Tribunal's hearing and determination of applications, including provisions –
(a) for regulating the manner in which any application is to be made to the Tribunal;
(b) authorizing the postponement of the consideration of any application by or in respect of a patient, or of any such application of any specified class, until the expiration of such period (not exceeding 3 months) as may be prescribed from the date on which an application by or in respect of the same patient was last considered and determined under this Act;
(c) for enabling the Tribunal to dispose of an application without a formal hearing where such a hearing is not requested by the applicant or it appears to the Tribunal that such a hearing would be detrimental to the health of the patient;
(d) for enabling the Tribunal to exclude members of the public, or any specified class of members of the public, from any proceedings of the Tribunal or to prohibit the publication of reports of any such proceedings or the names of any persons concerned in those proceedings;
(e) for specifying the persons who have a right to be heard by, or to make representations to, the Tribunal in respect of any application;
(f) for specifying the circumstances in which, and the persons by whom, persons who have a right to be heard by the Tribunal in respect of any application may, if not desiring to appear or to be heard in person, be represented for the purposes of that application;
(g) for regulating the methods by which information relevant to an application may be obtained by or furnished to the Tribunal and, in particular, for authorizing the members of the Tribunal, or any one or more of them, to visit and interview in private any patient by or in respect of whom an application has been made;
(h) for making available to any person having a right to be heard by the Tribunal copies of any documents obtained or furnished to the Tribunal in connection with an application, and a statement of the substance of any oral information so obtained or furnished, except where the Tribunal considers it undesirable in the interests of the patient or for other special reasons and except in such cases as may be prescribed;
(i) for requiring the Tribunal, if requested as prescribed, but subject to any regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (j) , to furnish such statements as to the reasons for any decision of the Tribunal as may be prescribed;
(j) for authorizing the Tribunal to withhold any such statements as are referred to in paragraph (i) from a patient or any other person in cases where it considers that the furnishing of the statements would be undesirable in the interests of the patient or for other special reasons and in such other cases as may be prescribed; and
(k) for conferring on the Tribunal such ancillary powers as the Governor considers necessary for the purposes of the exercise of its functions under this Act.
(2)  Regulations for the purposes of this section may be so framed as to apply to all applications or to applications of any specified class and may make different provision in relation to different classes of applications.
(3)  [Section 52 Subsection (3) omitted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 16 ].  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

53.   Appeals

(1)  [Section 53 Subsection (1) amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 17 ]Subject to this section, where an application has been made to the Tribunal by or in respect of a patient and the patient or the relative of the patient by whom the application was made is dissatisfied with any direction or other decision of the Tribunal on that application, he may appeal to the Supreme Court.
(2)  No appeal shall be brought under this section in respect of a direction that the patient be discharged.
(3)  [Section 53 Subsection (3) amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 17 ]On the hearing of an appeal under this section in respect of an application the court (unless it dismisses the appeal) may –
(a) revoke or vary any direction or decision given by the Tribunal on the application;
(b) give any direction or decision that the Tribunal could have given on the application;
(c) give such other directions to the Tribunal in relation to the consideration of the application as it considers proper in the circumstances.
(4)  [Section 53 Subsection (4) amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 17 ]Any direction or decision given by the court under subsection (3) (b) has the like effect as a direction or decision of the Tribunal, and any direction or decision of the Tribunal has effect subject to any direction or decision given by the court under this section.
(5)  [Section 53 Subsection (5) omitted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 17 ].  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

54.   Supplementary provisions as to appeals

Without prejudice to any other powers it may have, the court, for the purpose of determining an appeal under this Part in respect of a patient, may –
(a) require the superintendent of the treatment centre in which the patient is liable to be detained, to cause the patient to be brought before the court;
(b) authorize a person appointed by the court to examine or interview the patient and require that superintendent to allow the person so appointed to examine or interview the patient in private; and
(c) require the production to the court or to a person authorized by it in that behalf of any medical records relating to the patient –
and, for the purpose of exercising the powers of the court under this section, the court or a judge thereof may issue such warrants and summonses as the circumstances may require.

55.   Reference of matters to a commissioner appointed by court

(1)  The court, on the hearing of an appeal under this Part in respect of a patient, may appoint an officer of the court or some other suitable person as a commissioner to inquire into the case of the patient or into any matter on which the court desires to be informed in relation to the patient, and to furnish to the court a report of his findings thereon and the court may act on those findings as if they were findings of the court made on the hearing of that appeal.
(2)  Subject to this section and to any direction of the court, a commissioner has, in relation to any inquiry that he is authorized to carry out under this section, the powers, authorities, protection, and immunities of a judge and, in respect of any matter arising in connection with the attendance of any witness or of the giving of any evidence before a commissioner or in respect of any act or thing done in connection with any proceedings before the commissioner or any failure to comply with or disobedience to any order or requirement of the commissioner, any proceedings before a commissioner shall be regarded as proceedings before a judge.
(3)  Notwithstanding anything in subsection (2) a commissioner shall not have power to issue a warrant requiring a person to bring a patient before him, but a commissioner may order the superintendent referred to in section 54 (a) to cause the patient to be brought before him or to be conveyed to such place as may be specified in the order to be examined by the commissioner or some person authorized by him in that behalf.
(4)  A commissioner shall not have power to commit a person for contempt of court; but if he is satisfied that a contempt of court has been committed by any person in relation to proceedings in an inquiry that the commissioner is authorized to make he may report the matter to a judge who, on being satisfied that a contempt of court has been committed by that person, may deal with him accordingly.

56.   Questions of law

[Section 56 Amended by No. 64 of 1993, s. 18 ]The Tribunal may state in the form of a special case for determination by the Supreme Court any question of law which may arise on the hearing or determination of any application made to the Tribunal under this Act.
PART VI - Miscellaneous and Supplemental

57.   Warrants to remove certain patients

(1)  If it appears to a justice, on complaint on oath laid by a welfare officer, that there is reasonable cause to suspect that a person believed to be suffering from alcohol dependency or drug dependency –
(a) has been, or is being, ill-treated, neglected, or kept otherwise than under proper control; or
(b) being unable to care for himself, is living alone –
the justice may issue a warrant authorizing a police officer to enter, if need be by force, any premises specified in the warrant in which the person is believed to be, and, if thought fit, to remove him therefrom and convey him to a place of safety with a view to the making of an application in respect of him, or of other arrangements for his treatment or care.
(2)  In the execution of a warrant under this section, the police officer by whom it is executed may be accompanied by a medical practitioner or a welfare officer, or by both such a practitioner and such an officer.
(3)  It is not necessary in any complaint or warrant under this section to name the patient concerned.

58.   Patients found in public places

If a police officer finds in a public place a person who appears to him to be suffering from alcohol dependency or drug dependency and to be in immediate need of care or control, the police officer may, if he thinks it necessary to do so in the interests of that person or for the protection of other persons, remove that person to a place of safety for the purpose of enabling him to be examined by a medical practitioner and to be interviewed by a welfare officer and of enabling any necessary arrangements to be made for his treatment or care.

59.   Warrant to search for patients liable to be retaken

(1)  If it appears to a justice, on complaint on oath laid by a police officer or a welfare officer, that a person is liable under this Act to be conveyed to a treatment centre or to be taken into custody and –
(a) that there is reasonable cause to believe that that person is to be found on any premises; and
(b) that admission to those premises has been refused or that a refusal of admission thereto is apprehended –
the justice may issue a warrant authorizing a police officer to enter those premises, if need be by force, and remove that person therefrom and convey him to the place to which under this Act he may be conveyed or to some place of safety.
(2)  In the execution of a warrant under this section the police officer by whom it is executed may be accompanied by a medical practitioner or by a welfare officer, or by both such a practitioner and such an officer.

60.   Period of detention in place of safety

Where a person has been conveyed to a place of safety under this Part he may, during the period of 72 hours following that conveyance, be detained in any place of safety, and during that period may be conveyed from one place of safety to another by a police officer or a welfare officer.

61.   Supplementary provisions as to detention, &c.

(1)  A person required or authorized under this Act to be conveyed to any place, or to be detained in a place of safety shall, while being so conveyed or detained, be deemed to be in legal custody.
(2)  A police officer or other person required or authorized under this Act to convey or detain any person, has all the powers, authorities, protection, and privileges of a constable.
(3)  If any person who is deemed to be in legal custody by virtue of this Act escapes he may, subject to this section, be retaken –
(a) in any case, by the person who had his custody immediately before his escape, or by any police officer or welfare officer; and
(b) if, at the time of his escape, he was liable to be detained in a treatment centre, by any other person who could take him into custody under section 46 on his absenting himself without leave.
(4)  A person who escapes while being taken to or detained in a place of safety under this Part shall not be retaken under this section after the expiration of a period of 72 hours beginning with the time he escapes or of the period during which he is so liable to be detained, whichever of those periods expires first.

62.   Assisting patients to absent themselves without leave, &c.

(1)  [Section 62 Subsection (1) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person shall not induce or knowingly assist any other person –
(a) being liable to be detained under this Act to absent himself without leave; or
(b) being in legal custody by virtue of section 61 (1) to escape from that custody.
(2)  [Section 62 Subsection (2) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person shall not –
(a) knowingly harbour a patient who is absent without leave or is otherwise at large and liable to be retaken under this Act; or
(b) give to any such patient as is referred to in paragraph (a) any assistance with intent to prevent, hinder, or interfere with his being taken into custody or returned to a treatment centre.
(3)  [Section 62 Subsection (3) added by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person who contravenes a provision of subsection (1) or (2) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding 20 penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.

63.   Ill-treatment of patients

(1)  [Section 63 Subsection (1) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person, being on the staff of, or otherwise employed in, a treatment centre shall not ill-treat or wilfully neglect a patient for the time being receiving medical treatment at the centre.
(2)  [Section 63 Subsection (2) added by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person who contravenes a provision of subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding 20 penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.

64.   Obstruction

(1)  [Section 64 Subsection (1) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 3 and Sched. 1 ]A person shall not –
(a) without reasonable cause, refuse to allow the visiting, interviewing, or examination of any person by any other person authorized in that behalf under this Act;
(b) where a person is authorized under this Act to be interviewed or examined in private, remain in any room or other place in which that person is being interviewed or examined after being requested to withdraw by the person conducting the interview or making the examination; or
(c) obstruct any person in the exercise of any function conferred on him by this Act.
(2)  [Section 64 Subsection (2) added by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person who contravenes a provision of subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding 20 penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.

65.   Offences in relation to documents

(1)  Subsections (2) and (3) apply to the following documents, that is to say:
(a) an admission application;
(b) a medical recommendation;
(c) a report on any person or in respect of any matter required or authorized to be made under this Act; and
(d) any other document required or authorized to be made for the purposes of this Act.
(2)  [Section 65 Subsection (2) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person shall not, with intent to deceive, forge any document to which this subsection applies.
(3)  [Section 65 Subsection (3) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person shall not use, or allow another person to use, or shall make or have in his possession, any document to which this subsection applies that he knows to have been forged or any document so closely resembling a document to which this section applies as to be calculated to deceive.
(4)  [Section 65 Subsection (4) amended by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person shall not make any entry or statement in any application, recommendation, report, or other document required or authorized to be made for any of the purposes of this Act, that he knows to be false or does not believe to be true, or, with intent to deceive, make use of any such entry or statement that he knows to be false or does not believe to be true.
(5)  [Section 65 Subsection (5) substituted by No. 13 of 1987, s. 5 and Sched. 1 ]A person who contravenes a provision of this section is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding 20 penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.
(6)  In this section forge has the same meaning as it has for the purposes of Chapter XXXII of the Criminal Code .

66.   Protection for acts done in pursuance of Act

(1)  No person shall be liable, whether on the ground of want of jurisdiction or on any other ground, to any civil or criminal proceedings to which he would have been liable apart from this section in respect of any act purporting to be done in pursuance of this Act, unless the act was done in bad faith or without reasonable care.
(2)  No civil or criminal proceedings shall be brought against any person in any court in respect of any such act as is referred to in subsection (1) without the leave of the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court shall not give leave under this section unless satisfied that there is substantial ground for the contention that the person to be proceeded against has acted in bad faith or without reasonable care.

67.   Regulations

The Governor may make regulations for the purposes of this Act.

68.   Cessation of operation of existing laws

(1)  Subject to this section, after the commencement of this Act –
(a) no order shall be made under section 21 or section 23 of the Inebriates Act 1885 ;
(b) no order shall be made under section 6 , section 8 , or section 15 of the Inebriate Hospitals Act 1892 ; and
(c) no person shall be committed to an appointed institution under Part III of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1959 .
(2)  Nothing in subsection (1) prevents the making of an order under section 15 of the Inebriate Hospitals Act 1892 in respect of any person before the determination of his detention under an order made under section 6 , section 8 , or section 15 of that Act .
(3)  The fact that a person is being, or is liable to be, detained under any of the enactments referred to in subsection (1) does not prevent the making of an admission application, treatment order, or transfer direction under this Act in respect of him, and, on his being admitted to a treatment centre in pursuance of such an application, order, or direction, the order or other authority by which he was, or was liable to be, detained under that enactment ceases to be of effect.
(4)  The following enactments expire on such date as may respectively be fixed by proclamation in relation thereto, namely: The Inebriates Act 1885 ; and The Inebriate Hospitals Act 1892 .
SCHEDULE 1 - Provisions with Respect to Membership of Tribunal
[Schedule 1 Inserted by No. 64 of 1993, s. 19 ]

Section 8 (4)

1.   Terms of office
(1) A member of the Tribunal is to be appointed for a term not exceeding 4 years.
(2) A person who has been a member of the Tribunal may be appointed as a member of the Tribunal for a further term if the person is eligible to be so appointed.
(3) [Schedule 1 Amended by No. 17 of 2005, Sched. 1, Applied:10 Jun 2005] A person is not eligible to be appointed as a member of the Tribunal if the person has vacated the office of member of the Tribunal under clause 4 .
2.   Holding other office
If, by or under any Act, provision is made requiring a person who holds an office to devote the whole of his or her time to the duties of office under that Act, that provision does not disqualify that person from holding that office and also the office of a member of the Tribunal.
3.   Remuneration
A member of the Tribunal is entitled to be paid remuneration, including travelling and subsistence allowances, as the Governor may determine.
4.   Vacancies
(1) A member of the Tribunal vacates office if the member –
(a) dies; or
(b) resigns; or
(c) [Schedule 1 Amended by No. 3 of 2010, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Jul 2010] being a member referred to in section 8 (1) (a) , ceases to be a medical practitioner; or
(d) is removed from office under subclause (2) or (3) .
(2) The Governor may remove a member of the Tribunal from office if the member –
(a) becomes bankrupt, applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors, compounds with the member's creditors or makes an assignment of the member's remuneration or estate for their benefit; or
(b) is convicted, in Tasmania or elsewhere, of a crime or an offence punishable by imprisonment for 12 months or longer.
(3) The Governor may remove a member of the Tribunal from office if the Governor is satisfied that the member is unable to perform adequately or competently the duties of office.
(4) A member of the Tribunal must not be removed from office otherwise than in accordance with this clause.
5.   Filling of vacancies
If the office of a member becomes vacant, the Governor may appoint another person who has similar qualifications and experience to that office for the remainder of the term for which the vacating member was appointed.
6.   Validity of proceedings
(1) An act or proceeding of the Tribunal or of a person acting under the direction of the Tribunal is not invalid by reason only that at the time when the act or proceeding was done, taken or commenced, there was a vacancy in the membership of the Tribunal.
(2) An act or proceeding of the Tribunal or of a person acting under the direction of the Tribunal is valid even if –
(a) the appointment of a member of the Tribunal was defective; or
(b) a person appointed as a member of the Tribunal was disqualified from acting as, or incapable of being, such a member.
7.   Immunity from liability
A member of the Tribunal, or a person acting under the direction of the Tribunal, is not personally liable for an honest act or omission done or made in the exercise or purported exercise of a power, or in the performance or purported performance of a function, under this Act.
8.   Presumptions
In any proceedings by or against the Tribunal, unless evidence is given to the contrary, proof is not required of –
(a) the constitution of the Tribunal; or
(b) the appointment of any member of the Tribunal.