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Child protection reform

A number of legislative reforms have been developed to address issues identified in the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission.

Details of some reform measures can be found below, with further information about current child protection reform activities on the Department for Child Protection’s website.


Legislative reform

Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016 and Regulations

Sections of this Act relating to the appointment of a Commissioner for Children and Young People came into operation in November 2016. The remaining provisions and the supporting regulations came into operation on 18 December 2017.

The legislation coordinates the work of the Commissioner with the Guardian for Children and Young People, the Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee and the Child Development Council. It also makes the amendments necessary to commence the Child and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016.

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

Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017

The Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017 passed Parliament on 6 July 2017, replacing the Children’s Protection Act 1993.

Working with children checks

Following the passage of new laws regarding working with children checks, regulations have been drafted that contain the specific rules and details of the new screening practices. Opportunity for community and sector feedback is now closed.

Businesses can continue with their current screening practices until the new legislation commences.

Commissioner for Children and Young People

The Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016 passed Parliament on 19 October 2016.

As well as creating the position of Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Act co-ordinates the work of the Commissioner with the Guardian for Children and Young People, the Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee and a newly established Child Development Council.