10.22 International child protection matters and the Hague Child Abduction Convention


This procedure outlines the role of the department in:

  • managing international child protection matters including formal referrals in accordance with the Hague Child Protection Convention
  • responding to placement requests arising from matters under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Key steps

  1. Manage international child protection matters, including referrals under the Hague Child Protection Convention
  2. Manage intervention under the Hague Child Abduction Convention


  1. Court Services is contacted for all matters that have an international child protection component.
  2. Any matter relating to the abduction of a child to or from another country is referred to and managed by Legal Services.