2. Make a request to another jurisdiction

2.1 Alerts, notifications and investigation and assessments

Queensland may contact another jurisdiction to request assistance in relation to alerts, notifications and investigation and assessments.

In these circumstances, refer to:

2.2 Family contact, holiday or respite placement

Queensland may contact another jurisdiction to request that a child subject to a child protection order and residing in Queensland, visit the other jurisdiction for the purpose of family contact, a holiday or a respite placement.

In these circumstances, refer to:

Note: when a child is subject to a Queensland child protection order granting custody or guardianship, consent will be required for the child to travel interstate or overseas, and a passport will be required for overseas travel - refer to Chapter 5, 3. Decision-making for the child.

2.3 Request to locate a non-relative placement in another jurisdiction

If a child subject to a child protection order in Queensland requires a placement in another jurisdiction, as part of the case plan for securing the child's safety and well-being, Queensland may request the assistance of the other jurisdiction to locate a non-relative placement. All possible kinship care options should be explored in the other jurisdiction before making a request to locate a non-relative placement.

A child subject to a custody order cannot be placed interstate without parental consent, as the decision to do so is a significant decision normally made by the parent (as the person with parental responsibility for the child) and also invokes review rights (for an aggrieved person), regarding placement and where affected, family contact arrangements.   

When requesting the assistance from another jurisdiction to locate a non-relative placement within their jurisdiction:

  • request a copy of the 'Request to Locate an Interstate Placement' template from the Queensland ILO at Court Services
  • complete the 'Request to Locate an Interstate Placement' template, paying particular attention to the type of placement being sought, the preferred locality and any relevant needs and behaviours of the child
  • provide appropriate supporting documentation, for example, the current case plan, as well as any relevant medical, psychological or school reports
  • sign the request and ensure that it is also signed by the team leader
  • fax or email all relevant documentation to the Queensland ILO at Court Services.

Upon receipt of the relevant documentation from the CSO, the Queensland ILO will:

  • forward the request to the ILO in the relevant jurisdiction and will continue to liaise with the other jurisdiction until a placement is located or until advised by the other jurisdiction that the placement cannot be found
  • advise the CSO of the progress and outcome of the request to locate a placement.

If a placement is located, the potential carers must meet all the requirements for approval of carers in Queensland (including personal history checks and blue card) even though the interstate jurisdiction has recommended their approval for the child.

A request to locate a placement remains current for six months. Following this, the request will be 'closed' by the Queensland ILO and at the other jurisdiction. If a placement cannot be located in this time, the Queensland ILO will discuss the request and any other options with the CSO, including the possibility of submitting a further request should this be in keeping with the child's case plan. The interstate ILO may advise, based on extensive local knowledge, that a placement for the child will not be able to be sourced through the interstate department, especially, for example, in remote areas of Western Australian, the Northern Territory or South Australia.

Whilst other jurisdictions will work towards securing non-relative placements on behalf of the department, prior to seeking a placement in the other jurisdiction, take into consideration:

  • the difficulty all jurisdictions experience in locating non-relative placements, especially for older children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children with challenging behaviour management issues and sibling groups
  • that, a child who cannot be maintained in a general foster care placement in Queensland will also be difficult to place in a general foster care placement interstate
  • the circumstance for the planned move, for example, the parents location and mobility, and whether it is in the child's best interests to move if there is a no certainty that a parent will remain in that same jurisdiction.

2.4 Request an assessment of a carer in another jurisdiction

When a child is subject to a court assessment, custody or guardianship order or proceedings in Queensland and the proposed carer resides in another jurisdiction, refer to Chapter 8, 6. What if a carer applicant resides interstate?

2.5 Assess parents with a view to reunification

If a child is subject to a child protection order in Queensland, and the child's parents reside in another jurisdiction, Queensland may request that the other jurisdiction undertakes an assessment of the parents, to determine whether the child can be reunified - refer to Chapter 4, 6. What if a reunification assessment is required when parents live in another jurisdiction?

2.6 Transfer of case work tasks

When a child is subject to a child protection order in Queensland and resides in another jurisdiction, Queensland should request the transfer of case work tasks to the other jurisdiction - refer to Chapter 3, 6. What if case work tasks are to be transferred to another jurisdiction?

2.7 Transfer of child protection orders and proceedings

When a child is subject to a child protection order or child protection proceedings in Queensland, Queensland may request the transfer of the child protection order or proceedings to another jurisdiction - refer to Chapter 3, 7. What if a child protection order or proceedings are to be transferred to another jurisdiction?

Note: Most orders can be transferred across all the jurisdictions, however, some orders are not transferable, for example, custody orders cannot be transferred to Western Australia, the Northern Territory or New South Wales, as these jurisdictions do not have comparable orders. In all circumstances contact the Queensland ILO, at Court Services, to clarify the situation.