How did you decide what recommendations were accepted?

The Nyland Royal Commission Response Unit, located within the Attorney-General’s Department, undertook extensive consultation with the non-government sector, government agencies and the broader community to understand the potential impacts of each recommendation.

The unit included:

  • legal policy officers
  • financial analysts
  • a strategic Aboriginal adviser
  • experienced child protection policy makers.

The response unit received feedback from key partners and child protection practitioners on their priorities for reform and the recommendations.

The unit used this information to assess each recommendation individually and in the context of wider reform.

Given our finite resources, recommendations were prioritised based on the expected reach and positive impact on children, families and the community.

What does 'accepted in principle' mean?

A number of recommendations in the report are currently ‘accepted in principle’. This could mean a few things.

  • The government agrees with the intent of the recommendation but not the form. In these instances a different approach will be used to address the intent of the recommendation.
  • The government may progress the recommendation in the future, depending on the outcomes of other recommendations or outcomes of pilots or trials.
  • The government disagrees with part of the recommendation.
  • More input on the recommendation will be required at the implementation phase of that recommendation.

Recommendation #102 has not been accepted. Why?

Recommendation 102 of the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission is to outsource the assessment and support of kinship carers to the non-government sector.

The government received significant feedback from kinship carers and the wider community that they did not support this recommendation.

While there are some similarities between foster and kinship care, there are also some differences.

For example, kinship carers often need to be supported financially and physically at short notice, where placements are sought quickly after a child is removed.

This is different to foster carers, who receive training and assessment for a number of months before a child is placed in their care.


Reform Implementation team