WA Mandatory Reporting

Posted on 7 December 2021

The Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2021 passed State Government in October. 

The Bill implements recommendations of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) and recommendations of the 2017 Statutory Review of the Children and Community Services Act 2004. 

This sees additional groups of mandatory reporters added, including: 

  • out of home care workers (excluding foster and kinship/relative carers) 
  • youth justice workers 
  • early childhood workers 
  • psychologists
  • school counsellors 
  • persons in religious ministry
  • officers and assessors from the Department of Communities 

The State Government has also committed to working more closely with Aboriginal people, organisations and communities to build stronger connection to family, culture and Country for Aboriginal children in care because the evidence shows this is fundamental to achieving better outcomes for children in out-of-home care. 

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