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Transfer of the Reportable Conduct Scheme on track: Children's Guardian

24 June 2019

NSW Children’s Guardian, Ms Janet Schorer, said today the transfer of the Reportable Conduct Scheme from the Ombudsman’s office to the Office of the Children’s Guardian was still on track to be completed in 2019.

“We have been working closely with the Ombudsman’s office to progress the transfer of the scheme’s important functions and its highly experienced staff,” Ms Schorer said.

 “We are finalising a new Children’s Guardian Act that will encompass all of our child safe functions, including the Reportable Conduct scheme, so that the transition process can be completed.

 “The Office of the Children’s Guardian has used this opportunity to consult with stakeholders about how the scheme can best be supported by legislation.

 “Stakeholder feedback will help ensure any minor changes will clarify and improve the Reportable Conduct Scheme when it is operating under the new Act and the Office of the Children’s Guardian.

 “The starting date of the Children’s Guardian Act is dependent on the new legislation being passed by NSW Parliament but is expected to be later in the year.

 “While we don't control that legislative process, the Office of the Children’s Guardian will continue to closely monitor the new legislation’s development and progress.

 “We will also advise stakeholders as soon as possible of the commencement date and other important operational details about the Reportable Conduct Scheme when the transition process is nearing completion,” Ms Schorer said.