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Legislative reforms

Key deliverables
  • A new Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 that enshrines in legislation the protection of children, in line with recommendations from the 'The Life They Deserve' report
  • The Bill passed through Parliament on 6 July 2017. The Bill has not yet commenced. 
  • In addition to the Child Safety Bill, a suite of new legislation has been passed

The Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2016 was tabled in Parliament with 'A Fresh Start' on 29 November 2016. The Bill was open for public consultation during December 2016 and January 2017. 

An amended Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017 was introduced into Parliament on 14 February 2017. 

Our goals

The Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017 will replace the current Children's Protection Act 1993. Work to draft regulations to support the Bill is being progressed by the Department for Child Protection in collaboration with the Attorney-General's Department. 

The goal of the Bill is to reflect the recommendations of 'The Life They Deserve' and provide a framework for a new child protection system in South Australia. This new Bill will ensure the safety of children and young people is everyone's paramount consideration. 

In addition to the Child Safety Bill, a number of legislative reforms have already been achieved, including the passing of new legislation to:

  • strengthen screening of staff and volunteers working with children
  • enhance effective sharing of data and information across agencies
  • establish the role and function of the Commissioner for Children and Young People. 
For more details about the legislative reforms download the A Fresh Start progress report (PDF 1.3MB)


Reform Implementation team

Email: CPReform [at] sa.gov.au