Review of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017

As part of our efforts to help build a better South Australian child protection system, we are reviewing the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017.

To support the review, the State Government committed to consult widely to understand what is working well and how we might improve the legislation as part of the review. To date more than 400 community members have contributed by attending one of 16 community forums, completing the online survey or providing a written submission.

Thank you to everyone who has generously shared their feedback!

With the public consultation process coming to a close, the review team is now considering submissions, the evidence about best practice, and working with targeted stakeholders on key issues to inform the review report.

The final report will be provided to the Minister for Child Protection before 26 February 2023. If changes to the legislation are supported, consultation on those changes will take place in 2023.


The CYPS Act states that the Government must review the legislation and produce a report about what it finds before the fifth anniversary of the commencement of the Act. Based on these dates, the review report is due before 26 February 2023.

The consultation Discussion Paper includes further information about the focus of the review.

What are the next steps?

A report will be prepared and provided to the Minister for Child Protection.

  • The final report is expected to be tabled in Parliament in March 2023.
  • Pending the report's recommendations, consultation on a draft amendment bill will take place in 2023.

Any questions?

You can contact the review team at