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