The Office of the Children's Guardian was established by the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.
On 1 March 2020, the Children's Guardian Act 2019 came into effect. Powers and functions of the Children's Guardian from the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and Adoption Act 2000 were consolidated into the new Act.
The Guardian also administers the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.
The Guardian administers the following regulations:
Regulations under Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and Adoption Act 2000 remain in force until new Regulations are made under the new Act.
Changes to child protection legislation
From 1 July 2018, changes have come into effect to the Working with Children scheme. These were made through the Child Protection (Working with Children) Amendment (Statutory Review) Act 2018. The changes impact Acts and Regulations above, except the Adoption Regulation 2015. Details are on our Legislation Changes page.
There were also changes made to the NSW child protection legislation on 25 October 2016. Find out more about these changes.