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, domestic violence and psychological harm. These are all reportable offences.
What are reasonable grounds?
You do not need to have proof to report any concerns you have about the safety of a child under 16. Indicators that represent reasonable grounds to report a suspected offence include:
- A child or young person discloses that he or she has suffered or is suffering non accidental physical injury or sexual abuse
- Someone else advises you that a child or young person has been sexually abused or non-accidentally injured, or
- Your own observations of the child or young person's physical condition or behaviours lead you to reasonably suspect that the child or young person has suffered or is suffering non-accidental physical injury or sexual abuse.
For more information, you can email one of our qualified staff at Child Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is mandatory reporting and who is mandated to report suspected abuse?
Mandatory reporting describes the legal obligation of certain professionals and community members to report incidences of child sexual abuse. These people are called "mandated reporters". If the mandated reporters fail to report they may be fined and/or incarcerated.
Section 148 (1) in the Child Protection Act 1999 states that:
If a responsible person becomes aware, or reasonably suspects, that harm has been caused to a child placed in the care of an entity conducting a departmental care service or a licensee, the person must, unless the person has reasonable excuse, report the harm, or suspected harm, to the chief executive immediately.
People that are required to report child protection concerns include:
- 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
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 Services: 1800 811 810 (during normal business hours). 1800 177 135 or 07 3235 9999 (operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
National Child Abuse Helpline: 1800 99 10 99. This helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm AEST.
Further details on reporting abuse can also be found on the Reporting Child Abuse section of the Department of Child Safety website. There are also support services across QLD that can assist and advise you through the process of making a report. For more information, visit our Support Services page.