State Legislation & Reporting - QLD
The Department of Child Safety is responsible for overseeing and upholding child protection in Queensland. Numerous Acts (laws) help to govern and guide the process of child protection. These acts include:
- Child Protection Act 1999
Other relevant Acts:
- Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000
- Education (General Provisions) Act 2006
- Public Health Act 2005
- Adoption of Children Act 1964
- Family Law Act 1975
For more information on the legislative context of child protection in Queensland, visit the Legislation section of The Department of Child Safety website.
Reporting Child Abuse
What is reportable?
Outcomes or actions from which children are in
need of protection include neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional
maltreatment and exposure to family violence. These are all reportable
What are reasonable grounds?
If you have reason to suspect a child or young person in Queensland is experiencing harm or is at risk of experiencing harm or being neglected, those are reasonable grounds for contacting Child Safety Services in QLD.
For more information, you can email one of our qualified staff at Child Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can anyone report concerns for the safety of a child or young person?
ANY person who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child is in need of protection may voluntarily report to Child Protection Service.
- You do not need to prove that abuse has taken place. You only need reasonable grounds for your suspicion.
- You do not need permission from parents or
caregivers to make a report; nor do they need to be informed that a report is
- If you made a report in good faith, you cannot
be held legally liable- regardless of the outcome of the report.
- Your identity will remain confidential unless you need to give evidence if the matter goes to court. It is rare that this happens
What is mandatory reporting and who is mandated to report suspected abuse?
Mandatory reporting describes the legal obligation of certain professionals in Queensland to report incidences of child sexual abuse and/or physical abuse. These people are called ‘mandated reporters’.
Section 13E (1) of the Child Protection Act 1999 (QLD) identifies the following persons as mandated reporters:
Section 13E (2) states that a reportable suspicion about a child is a reasonable suspicion that a child has
- suffered, is suffering, or is at unacceptable risk of suffering, significant harm caused by physical or sexual abuse and/or ;
- may not have a parent able and willing to protect the child from harm.
Section 13F (1) of the Child Protection Act 1999 (QLD) states that the following persons are mandated reporters relating to children in departmental or licensed care services:
- an authorised office or employee of the department
- a person employed in a departmental care service or licensed care service
- staff of the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian
- a doctor or registered nurse who becomes aware, or reasonably suspects during the practice of his or her profession that a child has been, is being or is likely to be harmed
- family court personnel and counsellors.
Section 13F (2) of the Child Protection Act 1999 (QLD) states that a reportable suspicion about a child is a reasonable suspicion that a child has
- has suffered, is suffering or is at unacceptable risk of suffering significant harm caused by physical or sexual abuse.
The Education ( General Provisions) Act 2006 (QLD) states that the following persons are mandated reporters:
School staff must report (under sections 364, 365, 365A, 366 and 366A of The Education (General Provisions) Act 2006) :
- if they have a n awareness or reasonable suspicion that a child has been or is likely to be sexually abused and;
- the suspicion is formed in the course of the person's employment.
For more information on mandatory reporting of all state and territories, visit the Australian Institute of Family Studies website.
Who to report to and how
If you need to report an offence that requires immediate police attention, please call Police: 000
you suspect on reasonable grounds that a child is suffering abuse or neglect or you wish to discuss your concerns about a child or young person, you should telephone:
Child Safety helpline: 1800 811 810. This helpline operates during normal business hours.
Child Safety after-hours helpline: 1800 177 135 or 3235 9999.
Contact a Child
Safety Office based on region.
National Child Abuse Helpline: 1800 99 10 99. This helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm AEST.
Protection Guide is an online decision-support tool designed to assist professionals with concerns about a child’s safety or wellbeing in making decisions regarding where to report or refer concerns
For more information, visit our Support Services page.