The department administers two principal pieces of legislation in relation to Child and Family Services.
The Adoption Act 2009 provides for the adoption of children in Queensland, and access to information about parties to adoptions in Queensland. The Adoption Regulation 2009 is a subordinate piece of legislation under the Adoption Act 2009.
The Child Protection Act 1999 provides for the protection of children in Queensland. It underpins the work of Child and Family Services, providing the framework for the child protection and family support system. The Child Protection Regulation 2011 is a subordinate piece of legislation under the Child Protection Act 1999.
The Queensland Government is now reviewing the Child Protection Act 1999 to ensure that it provides a contemporary legislative framework for the child protection and family support system.
Additional pieces of legislation directly affect the operations and activities of Child and Family Services, including:
A full list of Queensland legislation is available on the Queensland Legislation website.