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Government response to Limitation of Actions and Other Legislation (Child Abuse Civil Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2016
On 16 August 2016, the Limitation of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by the Premier and Minister for the Arts. The Bill makes a number of amendments to: to retrospectively abolish limitation periods that would apply to claims for damages brought by a person where that claim is founded on th

Report on review of the Blue Card System
In Queensland, the blue card system is governed by the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (the Act) and complements other laws which aim to keep children safe. The blue card system is comprised of two elements: the ‘blue card’ or working with children check; and the requirement for organisations to develop and implement child and youth risk management strategies. The Qu

Report on review of the Foster Care System
In September 2016, the Premier and Minister for the Arts announced that an Expert Panel would work with the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to conduct a review of the Blue Card and Foster Care Systems. The QFCC submitted the report, Keeping Queensland’s Children More Than Safe: Review of the Foster Care System (the Report). The Report concludes that the foster care system generall

Education (Overseas Students) Bill 2017
The Education (Overseas Student) Bill 2017: repeals the Education (Overseas Students) Act 1996 and provides for new legislation to regulate providers of courses to overseas students, which better aligns with Queensland’s responsibilities under the cooperative model of shared responsibility between the Australian and Queensland government; provides a new legislative framework for the regulation of

Apelt Review of Child Safety Services - Strengthening capacity across Queensland’s Child Protection System
In September 2016, the Premier and Minister for Arts announced that an Expert Panel would work with the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to conduct a review of the Blue Card and Foster Care Systems. As part of this review, the Premier and Minister for the Arts announced that Ms Linda Apelt, former Director-General, Queensland Department of Communities, as a member of the Expert Panel

Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017
The Queensland Government has committed to implementing the child and family reforms recommended by the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (QCPCOI) in its 2013 final report Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection. The reforms are being delivered as part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program released in April 2016. The review of the Child

Review of the Child Protection Act 1999
The 2013 Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry report, Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection, made 121 recommendations for achieving shared responsibility for supporting for supporting families and keeping children safe. The Queensland Government response accepted those recommendations and is continuing to progress a wide-ranging reform program for the child

Appointments to the Child Death Case Review Panel
Chapter 7A of the Child Protection Act 1999 (CPA) provides a system for the review of the involvement of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) with particular children who have since died or suffered serious injury. The system includes a review by the chief executive and a further independent review by a panel of appropriately qualified persons (the Child De

Redress Scheme for Queensland Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) was established in January 2013 to inquire into how institutions, including Federal and state and territory governments, have responded to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse. The Royal Commission presented its Redress and Civil Litigation Report in September 2015 and its final report in Decembe

Government Response to Final Report of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) was established in January 2013 to inquire into and report on institutional responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse and related matters and to make recommendations on laws, policies and practices to better protect children from sexual abuse in institutions. The Royal Commission final

Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
The Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) amends the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (PPRA) to enhance the delivery of efficient, quality front line services. The Bill creates a new high-risk missing person scheme to provide police with powers to enter certain places with a warrant from a Supreme Court judge or a magistrate, to search f

Progress and directions with Child and Family Reform
Significant progress has been made reforming the family support and child protection system in Queensland since the 2013 Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry’s final report Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection. The ten year reform program implements the government response to the Inquiry and to the recommendations of other reviews of the family support and

Government response to the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce Report
The Queensland Government is committed to leading the anti-cyberbullying agenda in Australia. Cyberbullying is a serious and complex issue. The Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce, chaired by Ms Madonna King, was announced on 19 February 2018. The Taskforce undertook extensive state-wide consultation with key stakeholders and the Queensland community. The Taskforce reported to the Premier and

Appointments to pool for Child Death Case Review Panels
When a child who is known to the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (DCSYW) dies or suffers a serious physical injury, a two-step review process is undertaken. Chapter 7A of the Child Protection Act 1999 provides a system for the review of the involvement of the DCSYW with particular children who have since died or suffered serious physical injury. The system includes a review by the chie

First Annual Implementation Report - Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) presented its final report to governments on 15 December 2017. The Final Report made 409 recommendations, across the Final Report, and three prior reports on Working with Children Checks, Redress and Civil Litigation and Criminal Justice. The Premier and Minister for Trade tabled the Queensland Governme

Appointments to Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce
The Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce (the Taskforce) is established to provide advice to the Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence on key issues relating to the implementation of reforms arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), and oversee a grants fund fo

Appointment of Principal Commissioner of Queensland Family and Child Commission
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (the Commission) is established under section 6 of the Family and Child Commission Act 2014 (the Act). The Commission’s functions involve promoting the safety, wellbeing and best interests of children and young people. The functions of a Commissioner are to ensure the Commission performs its functions under the Act effectively and efficiently; and to make

Police Powers Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The Police Power and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 amends the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, the Child Protection and Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2004, the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, the Criminal Code, the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, the Justice and Other Information Disclosure Act 2008 the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, t

Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Bill 2018
The Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) amends the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (WWC Act) and introduces automated blue card application processes to prevent people commencing paid work while a blue card application is pending. The Bill also contains amendments to the WWC Act which implement re

Implementation of Qld Family and Child Commission Report on Review of Blue Card System
On 7 September 2017, the Government released the Queensland Family and Child Commission report, Keeping Queensland’s children more than safe: review of the blue card system (the Report). The Government indicated its broad support for the intent of all recommendations. Since the Report’s release, the Government has introduced amendments to the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening)

Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Redress and Civil Litigation Report (the Report) made recommendations for improving the capacity of the justice system to provide fair access and outcomes to survivors of child sexual abuse wishing to pursue a claim for civil damages for personal injury arising from the abuse. On 16 August 2016, the Government released

Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council (the Council) is an independent body established under Part 12 of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992. The functions of the Council include, if asked by the Attorney-General, to advise the Attorney-General on matters relating to sentencing. On 25 October 2017, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Leader of the House issued terms of reference

Appointment of members to pool for Child Death Case Review Panels
When a child who is known to the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (DCSYW) dies or suffers a serious physical injury, a two-step review process is undertaken. Chapter 7A of the Child Protection Act 1999 provides a system for the review of the involvement of the DCSYW with particular children who have since died or suffered serious physical injury. The system includes a review by the chie

Supporting Families Changing Futures 2019-23
The child and family reforms are at the half way point of a 10 year reform program to implement the 121 recommendations from the 2013 Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry report, Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection. As at 30 June 2019, 107 of the 121 Inquiry recommendations had been delivered and the remaining 14 were underway. The past five years has been

Consultation on proposed amendments to Child Protection Act 1999
The Queensland Government is continuing to drive implementation of the Supporting Families Changing Futures (SFCF) reform program to build a new child protection and family support system for Queensland. Following a review of the Child Protection Act 1999 (the Child Protection Act), undertaken between 2015 and 2017, priority amendments were progressed through the Child Protection Reform Amendment

Government Response to Education, Employment and Small Business Committee Report No 13
The Working with Children Legislation (Indigenous Communities) Amendment Bill 2018 (the PMB) was introduced into Parliament by Mr Robbie Katter MP, Member for Traeger, in October 2018. On 14 February 2019, the Education, Employment and Small Business Committee (the Committee) tabled its Report No. 13 on the PMB. Recommendation 2 of the Committee Report was that the Attorney-General and Minister fo

Queensland Family Child Commission Implementation Evaluation of Child Protection Reform Program
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC), established under the Family and Child Commission Act 2014, is responsible for evaluating child protection reforms at the program level, with evaluations planned at three time points over the 10 year child and family reform program. The Implementation Evaluation, which covers the first three years of the child protection reform program (1 July 201

Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) Bill 2019
The Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 contains a comprehensive package of amendments intended to improve the responsiveness of the criminal justice system to child sexual offending and the victims of child sexual offences by: implementing recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Criminal Justi

Appointment of Commissioner of Queensland Family and Child Commission
Section 6 of the Family and Child Commission Act 2014 (the Act) provides for the establishment of the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC). The QFCC has been established to: promote the safety, wellbeing and best interests of children and young people; promote and advocate the responsibilities of families and communities to protect and care for children and young people; and improve th

Appointments to Child Death Review Board
The Child Death Review Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (the Amendment Act) received assent on 13 February 2020 and has been proclaimed to commence on 1 July 2020. The Amendment Act amends the Family and Child Commission Act 2014 (the FCC Act) to establish the Child Death Review Board (the Board), and provide that the Board has the following functions: to carry out reviews relating to the child pro

Appointment of Director of Child Protection Litigation
Section 7 of the Director of Child Protection Litigation Act 2016 (the DCPL Act) states there must be a Director of Child Protection Litigation (DCPL). The DCPL’s main functions are to do the following under the Child Protection Act 1999: prepare and apply for child protection orders and conduct protection proceedings; prepare and apply for transfers of a child protection order or child protectio

Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening) Amendment Bill 2020
Queensland agreed to implement a nationally consistent National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) worker screening system. Implementation of this system will mean that clearances and exclusions will be portable across roles and employers within the NDIS. The Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening) Amendment Bill 2020 (the Bill) would: ensure Queensland has made all legislat

Consultation Report next stage of amendments Child Protection Act 1999
The Queensland Government is continuing implementation of the Supporting Families Changing Futures (SFCF) reform program to build a new child protection and family support system for Queensland. Following a review of the Child Protection Act 1999 undertaken between 2015 and 2017, priority amendments were progressed through the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 to support the implementatio

Amendments during consideration in detail of Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
On 15 November 2018, in response to recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Redress and Civil Litigation Report, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Leader of the House introduced the Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill amends the Civil Liability Ac

Child Death Review Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
Following the death of Mason Jet Lee, on 10 April 2017, Government publicly released the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) report, A systems review of individual agency findings following the death of a child (QFCC report) and accepted the report’s single, overarching recommendation to ‘consider a revised external and independent model for reviewing the deaths of children known to the

Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020
The Queensland Government accepted all six recommendations from the Findings of Inquest into the death of 22 month old Mason Jet Lee delivered by Deputy State Coroner Bentley of the Coroners Court of Queensland on 2 June 2020. In accepting recommendation six, related to permanency and adoption for children in care, the Queensland Government committed to working with stakeholders to progress the re

Government response to findings of inquest into death of Mason Jet Lee
On 2 June 2020, the Deputy State Coroner’s Findings of Inquest into the death of 22 month old Mason Jet Lee were released by the Coroners Court of Queensland, making six recommendations for Government aimed at better protecting children and reducing the likelihood of similar deaths. Since Mason’s death, the Queensland Government has implemented significant reforms to the child protection and famil

Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020
The Queensland Government accepted all six recommendations from the Findings of Inquest into the death of 22-month-old Mason Jet Lee delivered by Deputy State Coroner Bentley of the Coroners Court of Queensland on 2 June 2020. In accepting recommendation 6, related to adoption for children in care, the Queensland Government committed to working with stakeholders to progress the recommendation, in

Director Child Protection Litigation Appointment
Section 7 of the Director of Child Protection Litigation Act 2016 (DCPL Act) states there must be a Director of Child Protection Litigation (DCPL). The DCPL’s main functions are to do the following under the Child Protection Act 1999: prepare and apply for child protection orders and conduct protection proceedings; prepare and apply for transfers of a child protection order or child protection to