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    Adoption Legislation
    Cabinet considered a policy paper about reforming adoption laws. The policy paper covers the following matters: the consents required for a child's adoption to proceed how a birth parent's consent to a child's adoption is provided provisions for open adoption, where birth parents and adoptive parents agree eligibility criteria for prospective adoptive parents the operation of the adoption exp

    presentation on ATSI child health
    At the Premier’s request, paediatrician Dr Richard Heazlewood and Dr Lara Weiland, a Cape York General Practitioner, addressed Cabinet regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health. Drs Heazlewood and Weiland also presented Cabinet with a copy of their paper on Indigenous disadvantage in Cape York entitled “Fight for Life”, which had been submitted to the Senate Select Committee on

    Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)
    Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) includes all care and education arrangements for children under compulsory school age and includes playgroups, child care centres, kindergartens and family day care schemes. A reform agenda that targets access, affordability and quality of ECEC is an effective pathway to improved productivity, participation and social inclusion. The Queensland Government

    Govt Response to Altruistic Surrogacy
    On 14 February 2008, the Legislative Assembly resolved to appoint the Investigation into Altruistic Surrogacy Committee (the Committee). On 8 October 2008, the Committee tabled its report in the Legislative Assembly, Investigation into the Decriminalisation and Regulation of Altruistic Surrogacy in Queensland (the Surrogacy Report). The Committee recommended that altruistic surrogacy be decrimina

    Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2009
    The proposed Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 would amend legislation administered by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to provide for the following matters: Provision of Queensland Senior School qualifications overseas The intention of the proposal is to give eligible students at overseas schools the opportunity to receive Queensland senior school qualifications. Currently,

    Criminal History Screening Legislation Amendment Bill 2009
    The Criminal History Screening Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 proposes to streamline criminal history screening for Queenslanders. These arrangements will reduce duplication of screening and achieve consistency in screening for persons providing services to children and young people or working in a place where the Department of Communities funds or provides disability services, while maintaining

    National Early Childhood Development Reform Agenda
    In December 2007, the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) agreed to a partnership between the Australian Government and States and Territories to pursue substantial reform in early childhood development, including reforms to the early childhood education and care quality system. COAG endorsed Australia’s first comprehensive set of aspirations, outcomes, progress measures and future early ch

    Surrogacy - proposed Queensland model
    On 23 April 2009, the Premier and Minister for the Arts made a statement in Parliament announcing that the Queensland Government would decriminalise altruistic surrogacy and would move to develop a legal framework to allow the transfer of legal parentage from the birth mother in a surrogacy arrangement to a child’s intending parents in that arrangement. The proposed Queensland Model for the decri

    National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care
    Cabinet – November 2009 National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care Minister for Education and Training In December 2007, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a partnership between the Australian Government and States and Territories to pursue substantial reform in early childhood development, including reforms to the early childhood education and care quality

    Surrogacy Bill 2009
    The Surrogacy Bill 2009 (the Bill) decriminalises altruistic surrogacy; allows parties to enter into an altruistic surrogacy arrangement where a woman agrees to conceive and carry a child for another person or another person and that person’s spouse; and provides for a court to make an order for the transfer of the parentage of the child born as a result of the surrogacy arrangement. This is ac

    Surrogacy Bill 2009
    The draft Surrogacy Bill 2009 (the Bill) decriminalises altruistic surrogacy; allows parties to enter into an altruistic surrogacy arrangement where a woman agrees to conceive and carry a child for another person or another person and that person’s spouse; and provides for a court to make an order for the transfer of the parentage of the child born as a result of the surrogacy arrangement. This

    Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2009
    The Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 will amend legislation administered by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to provide for the following matters: Publication scheme for non-compliance under the Child Care Act 2002 The Bill will amend the Child Care Act 2002 (CCA) to provide parents and guardians with access to information about licensed child care services (with the excepti

    Qld Implementation Plan Protecting Australias Children
    On 30 April 2009, the Council of Australian Governments endorsed “Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020” (the national framework). The aim of the national framework is to achieve the high-level outcome that Australia’s children and young people are safe and well with the target of a substantial and sustained reduction in chil

    Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
    In June 2009 the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management – Police (MCPEMP) endorsed a set of recommendations to establish national consistency in the approach to management of reportable offenders in Australian police jurisdictions. In observation of the MCPEMP recommendations, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) also conducted a review of the Child Protection (Offender Reporting)

    Child Care and another act amendment bill 2010
    The Child Care and Another Act Amendment Bill 2010 (the Bill) will amend legislation administered by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to provide for the following matters: Child care services to keep log books of compliance history The Bill will amend the Child Care Act 2002 (the CCA) to introduce a requirement for the licensees of all licensed child care services (other than school

    Flying Start for Children Discussion Paper
    The discussion paper A flying start for Queensland children will be released on 2 February 2010 for public consultation on future directions in education for all Queensland schools. The discussion paper has three sections: Getting ready for school, including encouraging families to read to their children and enlisting an army of volunteer Queensland Ready Readers in primary schools; Getting rea

    Child Protection and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2010
    The Child Protection and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2010 amends the Child Protection Act 1999 and a number of other Acts, including amendments to achieve the policy intent of the Criminal History Screening Legislation Amendment Act 2010. The Child Protection and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2010 includes amendments to enable information sharing for the Helping Out Families initiative, and contains o

    Queensland Government response to violence against women and their children
    The draft National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (2010-2022) (National Plan) sets out a framework over the next 12 years for the Australian, State and Territory governments and the non-government sector to work together to reduce violence. The National Plan, over 12 years, is built around six supporting outcomes and 59 actions in its first three-year Action Plan that c

    10 year plan for Queenslanders with a disability
    The draft 10 Year Plan for Supporting Queenslanders with a Disability (the 10 Year Plan) sets out the Queensland Government’s vision and commitment for achieving better outcomes for Queenslanders with a disability. It affirms the Queensland Government’s recognition that people with a disability are valued citizens with aspirations and potential to participate and contribute to society like other p

    Education and Training LABill 2010
    The Education and Training Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (the Bill) will amend legislation administered by the Department of Education and Training to provide for the following matters: Power of State school principals to exclude a student On 18 December 2009, the Minister for Education and Training announced the Government’s commitment to grant State school principals the power to exclude stude

    Private Members Bill - Child Protection Bill 2011
    The Member for Gregory Mr Vaughan Johnson MP, introduced the Child Protection (More Stringent Offender Reporting) Amendment Bill 2010 as a Private Member’s Bill on 14 April 2010. The Private Member’s Bill proposes to increase the reporting requirements for offenders, restructure penalties for non-compliance and release the information of offenders for non-compliance. The Private Member’s Bill is n

    Flying Start for Queensland Children - Education White Paper
    The Government released the Education Green Paper A Flying Start for Queensland Children for public consultation from February to June 2010. Queenslanders were engaged in extensive consultation including 93 public forums attended by 2,601 people. Forums gave local school communities opportunities to have their say on the proposed reforms and suggest ideas for consideration. In addition, all stakeh

    Education and Care Services National Law (Qld) Bill 2011
    In December 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care. This included the commitment to establish a jointly governed, uniform National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. Under the NQF sits a national rating and assessment process fo

    Education and Care Services Bill 2013
    The Education and Care Services Bill 2013 repeals the Child Care Act 2002 and establishes a new regulatory framework for education and care services in Queensland currently regulated under the Child Care Act 2002. On 1 January 2012 the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) Act 2011 commenced. This Act applied a nationally consistent regulatory framework for education and care servi

    Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2014
    Welfare reform is an approach to community development that commenced in 2008 in the communities of Hope Vale, Aurukun, Mossman Gorge and Coen. It aims to restore local authority, build stronger and more resilient communities and change behaviours in response to chronic levels of welfare dependency, social dysfunction and economic exclusion. The key component of welfare reform is the Family Respon

    Response to Private Members Bill Public Health (Exclusion of Unvaccinated Children from Child Care) Amendment Bill
    On 23 May 2013, Mrs Jo-Ann Miller MP, Member for Bundamba, introduced the Private Member’s Bill, Public Health (Exclusion of Unvaccinated Children from Child Care) Amendment Bill 2013 (the Bill). The object of this Bill is to give a person in charge of an education and care service or child care service the ability to refuse that a child who is not fully immunised be enrolled in the child care fac

    Appointment of members to the Child Death Case Review Panel
    On 1 July 2012, the Queensland Government established the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (the Commission), led by the Honourable Tim Carmody QC. The Commission was tasked with reviewing the entire child protection system and to chart a new roadmap for child protection for the next decade. On 1 July 2013, the Commission released its final report, ‘Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap

    Premier’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland
    The Queensland Government is committed to making Queensland a safe place for everyone to live. There has been an increase in occurrences of domestic and family violence in recent years. Queensland’s domestic and family violence support system is complex, with several government departments administering police, legal, housing and other support services. There are also a number of non-government o

    Queensland Child Protection Reform Bills
    On 1 July 2013, the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry issued its landmark report making 121 recommendations to improve Queensland’s child protection system. The aim of the recommended reforms is to make it easier for families to get support so that wherever possible, children can remain safely at home. In December 2013, the Queensland Government tabled a response to the Commission

    Review of the Child Protection Act 1999
    In July 2013, the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry released its report, Taking Responsibility: A Road Map for Queensland Child Protection. The Commission of Inquiry found that the child protection system was under immense stress and made 121 recommendations aimed at building a sustainable and effective child protection system over the next decade. In December 2013, the then Quee

    Appointment of members to the Child Death Case Review Panel
    On 1 July 2012, the Queensland Government established the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (the Commission), which was tasked with reviewing the entire child protection system and to chart a new roadmap for child protection for the next decade. On 1 July 2013, the Commission released its final report, ‘Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection’. The Commissi

    Public Health Childcare Vaccination Amendment Bill 2015
    The Public Health (Childcare Vaccination) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 amends the Public Health Act 2005 to give the person in charge of an education and care service, approved under the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) or the Education and Care Services Act 2013, the discretion to refuse enrolment and/or attendance of an unvaccinated child, unless the child: has

    Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    A first stage of reforms has been completed in relation to legislative amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992, Childrens Court Act 1992, and Penalties and Sentencing Act 1992. The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 provides for the: reinstatement of both the sentencing principle in the Youth Justice Act 1992 that a detention order and detaining of a child in custody for an

    Advancing education - an action plan for education in Queensland
    Advancing education – An action plan for education in Queensland outlines the Government’s long term policy strategy for education and the actions to be taken to deliver this vision. The Action plan is for consultation with stakeholders and the broader community. The action plan covers early childhood education and care and schooling and initiatives in the plan provide for: A confident start: supp

    Appointment Principal Commissioner Queensland Family and Child Commission
    The Family and Child Commission Act 2014 provides that there is to be a Principal Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission. The role of the Principal Commissioner includes ensuring that the Commission performs its functions under the Act effectively and efficiently. The functions of the Principal Commissioner are also to control the Commission and to record, analyse, research

    Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009
    The Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Multicultural Affairs has initiated a review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009 (the Act) and will review the impact of Queensland’s adoption legislation on children and families. The Act requires the Minister to ensure the operation of the Act is reviewed, as soon as practicable, five years after comm

    Supporting Families Changing Futures - advancing Queensland child protection and family support reforms
    The Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry released its report, Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection on 1 July 2013. The Government committed to continue implementation of the Commission of Inquiry recommendations and has reviewed the child and family reforms and identified opportunities to build on the foundations laid by the Commission of Inquiry recommenda

    Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2016 and Director of Child Protection Litigation Bill 2016
    In 2013, the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry made 121 recommendations to transform the existing child protection system. The Queensland Government is implementing legislative amendments to respond to the Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations in three stages. The Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2016 (CPRA Bill) and the Director of Child Protection Litigation Bill 2016 (D

    Queensland Family and Child Commission report into Queensland children missing from out-of-home-care - When a child is missing Remembering Tiahleigh
    On 30 October 2015, Tiahleigh Palmer, a 12 year old girl in out-of-home-care, went missing and on 5 November 2015, she was found deceased. Six days elapsed after Tiahleigh was last seen before a media release was issued to seek public information. On 10 November 2015, the Premier and Minister for the Arts wrote to the Queensland Family and Child Commission requesting a whole-of-government systems

    Appointment of Commissioner of Queensland Family and Child Commission
    The Family and Child Commission Act 2014 provides for the appointment of Commissioners of the Queensland Family and Child Commission. The functions of a Commissioner includes to ensure the Commission performs its functions under the Act effectively and efficiently and to make recommendations to the Minister about matters relating to the performance or exercise of the functions and powers of the

    Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009
    The Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence has finalised a review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009 and produced a report on the outcomes of the review. In September 2015 the Minister released the discussion paper, ‘Public consultation for the review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009’, and

    Commission of Inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre
    The Queensland Government publicly committed to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the decisions and circumstances surrounding the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre at Wacol (BAC). The Commission of Inquiry will make full and careful inquiry into the: decision to close the BAC and cease the on-site integrated education program delivered by the BAC Special School; alternatives considere

    Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
    The Government will introduce new legislation to give effect to recommendations made by the Crime and Corruption Commission through its review of the Child Protection (Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2008 (CPOPOA). The Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 introduces a holistic response to reportable offender management, streamlines the administration of t

    Delivery of Kindergarten in remote state schools in 2017
    Under the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education 2016-2017 (NP UAECE), the Queensland Government committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to access kindergarten in the year before school. While more than 95% of Queensland children attend kindergarten, access for children in remote communities remains a challenge, with participation estimated

    Appointment of the Public Guardian
    Section 9 of the Public Guardian Act 2014 (the Act) provides that there must be a Public Guardian. Section 10 of the Act provides that the Public Guardian’s role: in relation to adults who have impaired capacity for a matter, is to protect their rights and interests; and in relation to relevant children and children staying at a visitable site, is to protect their rights and interests. Section 97

    Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17 year old Persons) Amendment Bill 2016
    The youth justice system in Queensland currently applies to young people aged between 10 and 16 years of age, with 17-year-olds treated as adults in the criminal justice system. Inclusion of 17-year-olds in the adult criminal justice system is inconsistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the law in all other Australian states and territories. It is also inconsist

    Implementation of Queensland Family and Child Commission Report into Queensland children missing from out-of-home care and Supplementary Review
    On 11 July 2016, the Premier and Minister for the Arts publicly released the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) report When a Child is missing – Remembering Tiahleigh – A report into Queensland’s children missing from out-of-home care (the When a Child is Missing report), and the Government committed to implement all 29 recommendations of the report. As required in recommendation 28 in

    Queensland Family and Child Commission assessment of agency reviews into circumstances surrounding the death of a child
    On 11 July 2016, following the tragic death of 21 month old Mason Jet Lee, the Premier and Minister for the Arts wrote to the Principal Commissioner, Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC), requesting the QFCC work with all agencies reviewing their contact with Mason and his family to ensure the reviews were undertaken in a speedy and thorough manner. The circumstances of the death of Mason

    A Reportable Conduct Scheme for Queensland - Oversight for the conduct of organisations and their employees in responding to child abuse
    A Reportable Conduct Scheme provides consistency to, and oversees, how allegations of child abuse and neglect are handled by organisations and Government departments. Reportable conduct is usually defined as including sexual misconduct or offences, assault or ill-treatment of a child, and any behaviour that causes psychological harm to a child. Queensland will work with other jurisdictions to pr

    Appointment of members to Child Death Case Review Panel
    In response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, a revised system of reviewing the involvement of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) with particular children who have died or suffered serious physical injury commenced on 1 July 2014. The system includes a review by the chief executive and a further independent review by a panel of app

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    12 May, 2016

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