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There is no national child protection system or legislation in Australia. Each state and territory has child protection laws that set out responsibilities for both organisations and individuals who work or have contact with children.


In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible for the administration and operation of child protection services. Legislative Acts in each state and territory govern the way such services are provided. You can find out about the different laws here.  


Two aspects of child protection legislation most relevant to sport are reporting and screening processes. Some states have laws that require all coaches and managers to report child abuse concerns. Some state also require risk management or other strategies to provide a child safe environment.


This section provides information on mandatory reporting, screening and the Working with Children Check and creating child safe environments. We have also added a section that gives you some useful background information to the legislation. 


  • Mandatory Reporting

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    Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of being neglected or abused, should contact their state or territory child protection agency without delay to report their concerns. Download fact sheets on child protection mandatory reporting 

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  • Screening and Working with Children Checks

    Screening and working with children

    Screening or Working With Children Checks can involve criminal history checks, signed declarations, referee checks and other appropriate probity checks to assess people's suitability to work with children. Download fact sheets on working with children checks for each state and territory 

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  • Child Safe Environments

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    Sporting organisations should put in place strategies to develop child safe environments and minimise opportunities for child abuse including preventing offenders from gaining access to your organisation. Here are some simple things you can do to create a child safe environment.

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  • About the legislation

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    This section gives you some useful background to the legislation. It has been adapted from the paper compiled by Deborah Scott, Research Fellow, with the Child Family Community Australia information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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