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The Department administers the following Acts and Regulations on behalf of the Minister:

The Children and Community Services Act 2004, which came into operation on 1 March 2006, is the main legislation that governs the Department’s three service areas:

  • Supporting children and young people in the Chief Executive Officer’s care.
  • Protecting children and young people from abuse.
  • Supporting individuals and families at risk or in crisis.

The objects of the Act are:

  • to promote the wellbeing of children, individuals, families and communities;
  • to acknowledge the primary role of parents, families and communities in safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children;
  • to encourage and support parents, families and communities in carrying out that role;
  • to support and reinforce the role and responsibility of parents in exercising appropriate control over the behaviour of their children;
  • to provide for the protection and care of children in circumstances where their parents have not given, or are unlikely or unable to give, that protection and care; and
  • to protect children from exploitation in employment.

There are also general regulations which support the operations of the Act. The following matters are included in regulations:

  • approval of departmental foster carers;
  • information that needs to be maintained as records;
  • reports to the Children’s Court and pre-hearing conferences;
  • payments to carers of children under a protection order (special gaurdianship); and
  • issues related to the transitional arrangements.



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