Child Protection Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

About the Bill 

On 15 September 2021, Hon Leanne Linard MP, Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, introduced the Child Protection Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (Bill) into the Queensland Parliament.  The Bill was referred to the Community Support and Services Committee for detailed consideration and report by Friday 12 November 2021.

The explanatory notes state that the objective of the Bill is to better support children and young people in care, and streamline, clarify or improve processes, as part of the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program. The Bill aims to achieve its policy objectives by amending the Child Protection Act 1999 to:

  • reinforcing children’s rights in the legislative framework
  • strengthening children’s voices in decisions that affect them; and
  • streamlining, clarifying and improving the regulation of care.

The Bill also amends the Adoption Act 2009 to resolve technical issues relating to delegations under the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 (Cth).

The Bill also makes priority amendments to the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. The policy objectives of these amendments are to:

  • provide a legislative basis for the chief executive (working with children) to request domestic violence information from the Queensland Police Commissioner (police commissioner) for the purposes of a blue card assessment;
  • facilitate Queensland’s participation in the Working with Children Check National Reference System (WWCC NRS)—a national database which enables jurisdictions to identify persons who have been deemed ineligible to work with children in another state or territory;
  • enable the chief executive (working with children) to have regard to adverse decisions in other jurisdictions as part of a blue card assessment;
  • simplify and streamline the categories of regulated employment and regulated business that deals with licensed care services to better reflect the contemporary service delivery model used by licensees in discharging their functions, including greater outsourcing to contractors and sub-contractors; and
  • enable a licensee to have greater visibility over the blue card status of each person performing a risk-assessed role for a licensed care service operated under the licence.
View:Introductory speech
View:Bill
View:Explanatory Notes
View:Statement of Compatibility
View:10-year Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program
View:Discussion paper: Rethinking rights and regulation: towards a stronger framework for protecting children and supporting families

Call for submissions 

The committee invites submissions addressing any aspect of the Bill, from all interested parties. Guidelines for making a submission to a parliamentary committee are available here: Guide to making a submission. Please ensure your submission meets these requirements. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

The committee will be holding regional public hearings for the inquiry in North and Far North Queensland from 18-21 October 2021. 

If you wish to appear as a witness (provide evidence) or to observe proceedings, please register your interest using the links below. Please inform us of any special needs you may have when attending a public hearing and we will endeavour to accommodate them.

Please provide your name and phone number and, if you are requesting to be a witness, the capacity in which you would be speaking (e.g. Jane Smith, business owner, 0400 123 456).

Note that the selection of witnesses is at the discretion of the committee.

Monday 18 October 2021

10:00am - 12:00pm

Red Earth Boutique Hotel

16-20 West Street

Mount Isa QLD 4825

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Tuesday 19 October 2021

9:30am - 11:00am

AMR Centre (formerly the German Club)

33-37 Aitken Street

Aitkenvale QLD 4814

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Wednesday 20 October 2021

9:00am - 10:15am

The Salvation Army Church Hall

72 Hoare Street

Manunda QLD 4870

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Thursday 21 October 2021

9:00am - 10:30am

TRAWQ Hall

21 Olandi Street 

Thursday Island QLD 4875

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Timeline

Submissions close:Friday 1 October 2021, 5:00pm
Public briefing:Monday 27 September 2021, 10:30am-12:00pm - transcript - broadcast
Public hearings: 
BrisbaneFriday 15 October 2021 - program - broadcast
Mt IsaMonday 18 October 2021 - program
TownsvilleTuesday 19 October 2021 - program
CairnsWednesday 20 October 2021 - program
Thursday IslandThursday 21 October 2021
Report due date:Friday 12 November 2021
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