Reportable Conduct Scheme Western Australia

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Reportable Conduct Scheme
- Western Australia

Western Australia is guided by the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations however has not yet implemented the Principles into legislation.  Western Australia has a Reportable Conduct Scheme which commenced with the enactment of the Parliamentary Commissioner Amendment (Reportable Conduct) Act 2022 (WA) in 2023.

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

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  • Currently Western Australia has not enacted the National Principles into legislation, however the Western Australia Department of Communities is working to develop an independent oversight system that includes monitoring and enforcing the National Principles. 
  • Organisations across Western Australia 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.
  • In 2023 Western Australia implemented a Reportable Conduct Scheme, and from 2024 the Reportable Conduct Scheme has been expanded to include additional types of reportable conduct under the Scheme.
  • The Reportable Conduct Scheme requires heads of organisations that exercise care, supervision or authority over children to notify the Ombudsman of allegations or convictions of child abuse by their employees and to investigate these allegations.
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 Western Australia Reportable Conduct Scheme

Procedure Implementation

Drafting child safety policies, procedures, codes of conduct and complaints handling processes which are compliant with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

Training and Education

Providing tailored child safety training on legal obligations, duty of care, the Reportable Conduct Scheme, investigations and the National Principles

Compliance Audits

Conducting audits against the National Principles to recognise practice and policy gaps and improve 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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