The South Australian Public Health Act 2011 provides for the appointment of local authorised officers by local councils. Local authorised officers are given specific powers that they can exercise to ensure that the purpose of the Act is maintained or complied with within their local jurisdiction.
A local authorised officer may
at any reasonable time, enter or inspect any premises or vehicle
ask questions of any person
inspect any article or substance
take and remove samples of any substance or other thing
require any person to produce any plans, specifications, books, papers or documents
take photographs, films or video recordings
take measurements, make notes and carry out tests
It is an offence to hinder or obstruct an authorised officer or a person assisting an authorised officer in the exercise of a specified power.
A local authorised officer must, at the request of a person in relation to whom the officer intends to exercise any powers under the Act, produce for the inspection of the person his or her identity card.
Identity cards must contain the:
authorised officers name and photo
name or office of the issuing authority
local council name
details of any limitations on the authorisation.
A person is not eligible for appointment as an authorised officer unless the person holds a qualification approved by the Minister or an exemption from the Minister.
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