Our department administers or jointly administers the following legislation. This legislation governs our activities, providing the framework within which we operate to protect Queensland's children and young people:
- Adoption Act 2009
- Child Protection Act 1999
- Child Protection (International Measures) Act 2003
- Childrens Court Act 1992
- Family Services Act 1987
The following legislation directly affects the operations and activities of our department (a full list of Queensland legislation is available from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel):
- Children Services Tribunal Act 2000
- Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000
- Crime and Misconduct Act 2001
Surrogacy legislation now administered by Department of Justice and Attorney-General
In May 2009, responsibility for administration of the Surrogate Parenthood Act 1988 was transferred to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
The Surrogacy Act 2010 which decriminalised altruistic surrogacy and provided for legal transfer of parentage of a child to the receiving parents was passed by Parliament in February 2010 and commenced on 1 June 2010.
More information is available through the Department of Justice and Attorney-General's website.