Child Safety Framework Queensland

Child Safety Framework in Queensland

Queensland is guided by the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations however has not yet implemented the National Principles into legislation.  

In 2023, the Queensland government ran a public consultation and are actively working towards developing a child safety framework in Queensland.  

Further Queensland has not yet implemented a Reportable Conduct Scheme.  

A summary of the Queensland child safety legislative landscape is outlined below:

  • Currently Queensland has not enacted the National Principles into legislation, however Queensland is actively considering the implementation of a new child safety framework, therefore we expect legislative change in the coming years.
  • Organisations across Queensland that engage with children and young people should implement the National Principles to ensure that organisations are exercising best practice in child safety and mitigate the risk of harm to children and young people.
  • Queensland has currently not implemented a Reportable Conduct Scheme
  • Organisations across Queensland that engage with children and young people should ensure that they provide a child-focused and accessible complaints system so that the concerns about child abuse and harm can be properly reported and responded to by the organisation, including conducting thorough investigations of concerns.

Children and young people are inherently vulnerable to abuse and harm.  Children have a right to feel safe and be safe in all environments.  Exposing children and young people to abuse and harm may cause long-term trauma and impact their growth and development.  Organisations must take active steps to comply with their duty of care to mitigate risk of harm.

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