Changes to child protection law

On Tuesday, 2 September 2014, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation to strengthen Victoria’s response to children and young people in out-of-home care.

The amendments address key recommendations of the January 2012 Report of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children’s Inquiry regarding the simplification of Children’s Court orders and identifying and removing barriers to achieving permanent placements for children.

Other amendments include:

  • the authorisation of carers to make decisions on specified issues about the children in their care which commenced on 17 November 2014
  • increased penalties for offences relating to the protection and exploitation of children, including leaving children unattended and harbouring children, which commenced on 21 January 2015
  • amendments to the Commission for Children and Young People Act 2012 have commenced, addressing the focus of systemic inquiries and requirements to provide persons names in inquiries an opportunity to respond to adverse comment or opinion.

More information

See the Permanency for children page for more information about changes to Children's Court orders and case planning.


To download a copy of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014, visit the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website:

Once there:

  1. select Victorian Statute Book
  2. select 2014
  3. then select from the list of Acts.

Please note: Under Victorian Law Today, the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and the Commission for Children and Young People Act 2012 have been updated to include amendments that commenced following Royal Assent.

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