The Child and Youth Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme Tasmania 

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Reportable Conduct Scheme and Child and Youth Safe Standards Tasmania

Tasmania has robust child safety legislation which came into effect in 2024 with the commencement of the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Act 2023 (Tas). These laws establish fundamental frameworks, including the Child and Youth Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme. 

The Independent Regulator is the statutory body that oversees the Child and Youth Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme in Tasmania. A summary of the Tasmanian child safety legislative landscape is outlined below:

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  • In 2024, Tasmania introduced the Child and Youth Safe Standards framework, aligning with the National Principles for Child Safety.
  • More details about the Tasmanian framework can be found at Organisations | Office of the Independent Regulator (
  • Tasmania has implemented 10 Child Safe Standards, reflective of the National Principles for Child Safety.
  • The Child and Youth Safe Standards aim to keep children safe, mitigate incidents of child abuse and protect the cultural safety of Aboriginal children. You can view the framework here.
  • Organisations must give effect to the Universal Principal for Aboriginal Cultural Safety. More information about the Principle can be found here Universal Principle for Aboriginal Cultural Safety | Office of the Independent Regulator (
  • Oversight and implementation of the Child Safe Standards are regulated by the Independent Regulator, ensuring organisations have compliant policies, procedures, and systems in place.
  • The Reportable Conduct Scheme was established in 2024 and is regulated by the Independent Regulator. This scheme plays a crucial role in monitoring and ensuring appropriate institutional responses to child abuse and harm in Tasmanian organisations
  • The Independent Regulator possesses the authority to initiate investigations, including own motion investigations, in specific circumstances.
  • The Independent Regulator has the capacity to share information regarding reportable allegations and investigations related to child safety concerns, fostering collaboration to ensure the safety of children in Tasmania.
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.
Click the button below to your free Reportable Conduct Scheme Checklist to assist your organisation to comply with its Child Safety and Safeguarding obligations and make your organisation a Safe Space for children and vulnerable people.

How Safe Space Legal can help:

The team at Safe Space Legal have extensive experience working with organisations across Australia to ensure they are meeting their legal obligations when working with children and young people. Safe Space Legal offer a large range of services including:


Conducting investigations which are compliant with the Tasmanian Reportable Conduct Scheme

Procedure Implementation

Drafting child safety policies, procedures, codes of conduct and complaints handling processes which are compliant with the Tasmanian Child and Youth Safe Standards

Training and Education

Providing tailored child safety training on legal obligations, duty of care, the Reportable Conduct Scheme, investigations and the Child and Youth Safe Standards

Compliance Audits

Conducting audits against the Child Safe Standards to recognise practice and policy gaps and improve organisational safeguarding

Legal Support

Providing expert legal advice on safeguarding and child safety matters

Crisis Management

Root cause analysis of critical child safety incidents to improve organisational safeguarding and compliance with legislative obligations.
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