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Report on NSW working with children legislation tabled in parliament

14 March 2018

In 2017 the Office of the Children's Guardian conducted a review of the legislation that underpins the Working With Children Check in NSW.

This was conducted under the provision in the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 that the Act be reviewed every five years to determine whether its policy objectives remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian published a discussion paper in May 2017 as part of the review. It was designed to facilitate thinking about key policy issues to be considered in the context of recent and ongoing tailoring of the legislation that has occurred since it commenced in June 2013, as well as in the context of recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The review found there is strong and continuing support for the policy objectives of the Act with some fine-tuning required to ensure the terms are appropriate for securing those objectives. The main recommendations in the report relate to two main areas: the scope of the scheme (whether the scheme targets the right people) and strategies to further improve compliance.

The report of the statutory review was tabled in NSW Parliament on 13 March.

View or download: Statutory Review of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (PDF 1.2MB)