(1) The functions of the Commissioner are:
(a) to investigate complaints about services required to be provided to protected children by service providers; and
(b) to monitor the ways in which service providers respond to reports made by the Commissioner; and
(c) to monitor the administration of this Act in so far as it relates to protected children; and
(d) to monitor the implementation of any government decision arising from the Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse; and
(e) to report to the Minister on a matter mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d) as requested by the Minister.
(2) For this Part:
(a) a protected child is a child who is the subject of the exercise of a power or the performance of a function under Chapter 2; and
(b) a service provider for the child is:
(i) a public authority, or anyone acting for a public authority, who has taken or is taking an action under this Act in relation to the child as a protected child; or
(ii) an operator of child-related services or children's services who provides, or is required to provide, the services under this Act in relation to the child as a protected child.
(3) However, the following are not service providers for the child:
(a) a court;
(b) a public authority, person or body prescribed by regulation.
1 A child for whom a protection order is in force is a protected child.
2 An authorised officer conducting an investigation about a child under section 35 is a service provider for the child.