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Package of legislation introduced to Parliament

20 September 2016

A package of legislative reforms was introduced into Parliament today, responding to recommendations from the Nyland Royal Commission report, The life they deserve.

The reforms include the introduction of two new Bills and a set of amendments to a third Bill, all of which were previously made publically available for community and sector consultation:

Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Bill 2016

This Bill establishes the Commissioner for Children and Young People; an independent position to promote the rights of children and young people in South Australia and investigate systemic issues. It also establishes the Child Development Council and consolidates the work of the Guardian for Children and Young People and the Child Death and Serious Injury Committee into a single Act of Parliament.

Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Bill 2016

This Bill reforms how we undertake working with children checks in South Australia, ensuring that a person who is assessed as being of high risk to the safety of children is prohibited from working or volunteering with them.

Amendments to the Public Sector (Data Sharing) Bill 2016

These amendments extend the reach of the Bill, which was originally introduced in August, allowing the Government to make data-sharing agreements with the Commonwealth, other states and territories, local government and non-government organisations.

UPDATE: 

Both the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Bill 2016 and the Public Sector (Data Sharing) Bill 2016 with amendments passed the House of Assembly on the day they were introduced.