The Child Protection Systems Royal Commission conducted a comprehensive investigation into the laws, policies, practices and structures in place for children at risk of harm, including those who were under guardianship of the minister.

The report, 'The Life They Deserve' was delivered to the Governor of South Australia on 5 August 2016 and described a system in urgent need of reform, pushed beyond capacity and with critical matters slipping through the cracks.

In the report, Commissioner Nyland made 260 recommendations to improve the child protection system.

Reporting on implementation

Progress on implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations is reported annually.

Explore each of these recommendations and the government’s implementation progress on our website. Read more about how the government is responding to the Royal Commission in our latest progress report (PDF, 4.1 MB).

In November 2016, the South Australian Government released 'A fresh start' (PDF, 4.5 MB): Government of South Australia’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report’.

Reform of the child protection system will require a collaborative effort and long-term commitment. The Department for Child Protection has an important part to play, working closely with other non‑government and government agencies.


Child Protection Reform Team

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Attorney-General's Department