Legislation

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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More information

Visit the Queensland Legislation website for more information.

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