Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Child Safety legislation reform

Changing our laws to keep Queensland children safe

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

As part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program, contemporary child protection laws are needed to ensure children and young people are safe, protected and supported to reach their full potential.

Following public consultation on the review of the Child Protection Act 1999, the Queensland Parliament passed the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 in October 2017, to progress priority changes to the Child Protection Act. These changes will:

  • provide permanency and stability for children, now and throughout their lives, including support when they leave care
  • provide the safe care and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with their families, communities and cultures
  • establish a contemporary information sharing framework focused on children’s safety and wellbeing
  • support implementation of other key reforms under the Supporting Families Changing Futures program.

Please refer to the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 for more information on the priority changes to be made to the Child Protection Act.

The changes to the legislation will commence in stages over the next 12 months.

On 29 January 2018, some of the changes commenced operation to allow the department to provide more information to:

  • people who are, or have been, living in out-of-home care
  • a parent or guardian, if a deceased child was subject to a child protection order
  • the police, if an investigation is being conducted following a child’s death
  • child welfare authorities in other jurisdictions to respond to child protection concerns.

These changes include the establishment of the Time in Care Information Access Service.

Further changes to the child protection legislation will commence on a date to be fixed by proclamation.

For any questions about the legislative changes, please email the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act unit on

Child Protection Act 1999 public consultation

The review of the Child Protection Act 1999 commenced in September 2015 to identify the role and purpose of the legislation in improving opportunities and life outcomes for children, young people and families in contact with the child protection system.

Between September 2015 and December 2016, public consultation was held across Queensland through community forums, written submissions, meetings, focus groups and small group sessions to identify the priority changes needed to keep children and young people safe and able to reach their full potential, and to support families and communities to safely care for their children.

Through this consultation, we found that Queensland’s child protection legislation is generally operating well, however, priority amendments and opportunities for broad legislative reform were identified.

The final consultation report (PDF, 392 KB) consultation report (DOCX, 299 KB) provides more information about the findings from the public consultation.

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