Mandatory Reporting Requirements

Jurisdiction Relevant Act(s) Mandated employment in which psychologists might work Types of Maltreatment and Abuse Government Department overseeing child protection
ACT Children and Young People Act 2008 • A person who, in the course of the person’s employment, has contact with or provides services to children, young people and their families

• School counsellor

• Child care centre employee

• Home based care co-ordinator

• Public servant providing services personally to children and young people or families

Physical

Sexual

The Community Services Directorate
C’wealth Family Law Act 1975 (Section 67 ZA) Employees of the Family Court of Australia, Federal Magistrates Court and Family Court of Western Australia including the following roles:

• Family consultants

• Family counsellors

• Family dispute resolution practitioners

Physical

Sexual

Psychological

Neglect

A prescribed child welfare authority
NSW Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 including the Children Legislation Amendment (Wood Inquiry Recommendations)Act 2009 • Persons employed to deliver health care, welfare,

education (including school psychologists), children’s services, residential services, or law enforcement to children

• Persons in management with direct responsibility for, or direct supervision of, above services to children

Risk of significant harm of abuse including:

Physical

Sexual

Emotional

Psychological

Neglect

Exposure to family

violence

Department of Family and Community Services And/or Keep Them Safe Alternative Reporting

Process

NT Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 (section 15 and 26)

Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 (Section 26

Any person with reasonable grounds

Registered health professionals (including psychologists)

Physical

Sexual

Emotional/psychological

Neglect

Exposure to physical violence

Sexual

Department of Children and Families or Police
QLD Child Protection Act 1999 • Employees of DCCSDS

• Staff in residential care services for children

Physical

Sexual

Emotional

Psychological

Neglect

Exposure to family violence

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS)

 

 

 

 

DCCSDS and the Principal/Director of the school

Education (General provisions) Act 2006 (Amended 2012) • Employees (including school psychologists) at any public or independent school (both primary and secondary) Sexual (reported or suspected)

 

 

SA Children’s Protection Act 1993 All registered psychologists are mandated to report.

Some other mandated notifiers include:

• Probation officer

• Approved family day care provider

• Government department or agency, local government or non government agency employee or volunteer providing services to children and young people

• Manager or supervisor of services to children and young people

Physical

Sexual

Emotional/psychological

Neglect

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
TAS Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997 All registered psychologists are mandated to report.

Some other mandated notifiers include:

• Probation officers

• Managers of child care services

• Commercial child care providers

Physical

Sexual

Emotional/psychological

Neglect

Exposure to family violence

Department of Health and Human Services
VIC Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 • Psychologists are not currently mandatory reporters, but may be so in the future Department of Human Services
WA See C’Wealth Act above

Western Australia Family Court Act (1997)

Children and Community Services Act 2004

Court personnel including Family Counsellors

• Psychologists are not mandated notifiers under this Act

Physical

Sexual

Emotional/psychological

Neglect

Department for Child Protection

 

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Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)