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Our legislation

The Office of the Children's Guardian was established by the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

The Guardian administers the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and the accreditation functions under the Adoption Act 2000.

The Guardian also administers the following regulations:

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