Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women


We are responsible for administering (or jointly administering) legislation that directly influences the delivery of our services.

Child and family

We administer 2 principal pieces of legislation in relation to Child and Family Services:

The Adoption Act 2009

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

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 reviewing the Child Protection Act 1999 to ensure it provides a contemporary legislative framework for the child protection and family support system.

Additional legislation

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Violence prevention

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 provides protection to those people experiencing domestic and family violence by empowering police to take action to protect a person from domestic violence and by enabling a court to make a domestic violence order (DVO). In October 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed a range of amendments to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 to better protect victims of domestic and family violence and their families, hold perpetrators to account for their actions and support the delivery of integrated service responses.

Laws were introduced in each state and territory from 25 November 2017 to improve the protection of domestic and family violence victims. This means that DVOs issued in one state or territory apply and are enforceable in all states and territories in Australia. DVOs aim to prevent domestic and family violence occurring within a relevant relationship by restricting the behaviour of the person committing the abuse. Find out how to get protection from domestic violence, including how to apply for a DVO.

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Youth Justice

Youth Justice Act 1992

The Youth Justice Act 1992 commenced operation on 1 September 1993 (as the Juvenile Justice Act 1992) with major amendments occurring in 1996, 2002 and 2010. It provides laws for young people aged 10 to 16 years old who commit, or who are alleged to have committed, offences.

It provides a code for dealing with young people who come in contact with the youth justice system including:

  • procedures for police to respond to young people
  • providing diversionary options such as cautioning and youth justice conferencing
  • providing a range of sentencing option
  • outlining how courts deal with young people
  • the operation of youth detention centres
  • recognising the importance of families and communities in the rehabilitation and reintegration of young people, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • establishing the Youth Justice Principles.

In the Youth Justice Act 1992 there is a wide range of options to address offending. These options attempt to address the wide spectrum of offending that can occur. Offending can range from minor, ‘one-off’ offending (which represents the majority of offending) to serious, persistent offending.

Other legislation that interacts with the Youth Justice Act 1992 includes the:

Community Services Act 2007

The Community Services Act 2007  has relevance to the youth justice system. It governs the administration of funding to organisations in receipt of government funding where a declaration is made for it to apply. Youth justice funding was recently declared to apply to a range of programs and services to young offenders and their families. The Community Services Act 2007 now applies to the following funded programs:

  • young offender support services
  • employment project officer programs
  • specialist counselling services
  • bail support services
  • supervised community accommodation services
  • Logan learning initiative.

Additional legislation

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More information

Visit the Queensland Legislation website for more information.

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