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' (PDF, 15.6 MB) was delivered to the Governor of South Australia on 5 August 2016 and described a system in urgent need of reform.

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

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.

Annual reporting

The state government reports annually on its progress implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations. From 2020 onwards, annual reporting occurs under Safe and well: Supporting families, protecting children.

To see our latest report and learn more, visit:

See below for the latest status reported for all Royal Commission recommendations.


Child Protection Reform Team