Protection for Minors and Children in Australia

Child protection in Australia

Child protection authorities may intervene in family settings because of significant risk of harm to a child.

In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible to the operation of child protection services.

Child protection legislation in Australian states and territories.

  • Jurisdiction: Australian capital Territory

Principal act: Children and Young People Act 2008 (ACT)

Other relevant acts/legislation: Adoption Act 1993 (ACT), Children and Young People Act (ACT Childcare Services) 

  • Jurisdiction: New south wales

Principal act: Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW)

Other relevant acts/legislation: Adoption Act 2000 (NSW), Advocate for Children and Young People Act 2014 (NSW), Child Protection (International Measures) Act 2006 (NSW)

  • Jurisdiction: Northern Territory

Principal act: Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 (NT)

Other relevant acts/legislation: Children’s Commissioner Act 2013 (NT), Disability Services Act 2004 

Child protection is also applied in some state and territory legislation, including:

  • Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT);
  • The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic.).
  • Human Rights Commission Act 2005 (ACT);
  • Human Rights Act 2004 (NSW);

However, legislation across all states and territories has similar guiding principles in several key areas. These principles include:

  • best interest of the child;
  • early intervention; and
  • the participation of children and young people in decision-making processes.

– National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020

Pre-employment screening: Working With Children Checks and Police Checks

This resource is intended for employers, current and prospective employees and volunteers engaging in child-related work in Australia. 

Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect

Mandatory reporting is a term used to describe the legislative requirement for selected groups of people to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to government authorities.

– Child protection Australia 2017–18(pdf) related to healthissues

Source: australian-child-protection-legislation

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