MaintenanceIn the lead-up to the 2019 state election, the department’s website and other channels will operate in line with the caretaker conventions. This means there will be limited updates from 1 March 2019 until the election is finalised.

NSW caretaker period has commenced.

The caretaker period for the NSW Election commenced on 1 March 2019. Accordingly, no ministerial press releases or related information issued by the Government from 1 March 2019 will be available on this website.

For copies of recently issued ministerial press releases or information on the election policies of any political party, go to the website of the relevant political party.

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Application for registration

Voluntary out-of-home care monitoring framework and associated documents

The Office of the Children’s Guardian is responsible for registering and monitoring the responsibilities of agencies that provide or arrange voluntary out-of-home care under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Regulation 2012.

Agencies intending to provide or arrange voluntary out-of-home care must first be registered by the Office of the Children's Guardian. Before submitting an application, the agency must discuss their intention to register by contacting the registration systems team of the Office of the Children's Guardian.

The registration form is a compliance undertaking and a submission of relevant policy statements that detail an agency's practice, having regard to the voluntary out-of-home care procedures.

The Registration and monitoring guide (PDF 765.6KB) describes the voluntary out-of-home care monitoring framework including the registration and self-certification process.  This document should be read in conjunction with the following documents:

To register to provide or arrange voluntary out-of-home care, you must contact the Office of the Children's Guardian Voluntary out-of-home care team on 02 8219 3600 or email voohc@kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au to discuss your agency’s intended voluntary out-of-home care programs and obtain a copy of the Registration and self-certification checklist.

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