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Child safety legislation reform

The next chapter in child protection legislation for Queensland

The Queensland Government is committed to building a new child protection and family support system that meets the needs of Queensland children, young people and families, now and into the future.

As part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program, we have undertaken a comprehensive review of the Child Protection Act 1999.

Between September 2015 and March 2016, the department consulted with Queenslanders and insights were gathered through community forums, written submissions, meetings, focus groups and small group sessions. The initial consultation identified 13 specific areas for changing legislation, which formed the basis for the second stage of consultation.

The next chapter in child protection legislation for Queensland: Options paper (PDF, 525 KB) The next chapter in child protection legislation for Queensland: Options paper (RTF, 699 KB) proposed possible responses to the 13 specific areas identified during the initial consultation. Options also responded to outstanding recommendations in the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry final report.

Stage two of the consultation process ran from October to December 2016. Community members had an opportunity to participate through face-to-face discussions, workshops and written submissions.

Through these consultations we found that Queensland’s child protection legislation is generally operating well, however, priority amendments and opportunities for broad legislative reform were identified. See the The next chapter in child protection legislation for Queensland: Consultation Report (PDF, 392 KB) The next chapter in child protection legislation for Queensland: Consultation Report (DOCX, 309 KB).

The review continues the Queensland Government’s staged approach, to reforming the Child Protection Act 1999, which commenced in 2014.

On 26 October 2017, the Queensland Parliament passed the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017, which progresses the priority reforms arising from the review.

Key changes in the Bill aim to achieve:

  • permanency and stability for children, now and throughout their lives, including through the provision of support when they leave care;

  • the safe care and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with their families, communities and cultures; and

  • a contemporary information sharing framework focused on children’s safety and wellbeing.

For more information on the changes made by the Bill see The next chapter in child protection legislation for Queensland: Directions statement (PDF, 382 KB) The next chapter in child protection legislation for Queensland: Directions statement (DOCX, 59 KB).

While the Bill has been passed, the changes will not commence immediately. Changes will commence on a date to be fixed by proclamation.  Implementation requirements are being determined and the department is considering a schedule for a phased implementation.

Further reforms arising from the review will be considered in 2018.

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