The Child Safe Organisations Bill 2020 has been released for public consultation today which will provide a consistent and best practice approach to child safety in organisations.

The Bill delivers on the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to introduce a legislative framework which ensures organisations providing services for children prevent and appropriately respond to child sexual abuse.

It implements a key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by establishing the Principles for the Safety and Wellbeing of Children and Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Organisations Bill 2020 will also:

  1. require all organisations engaged in services involving interaction with children to embed the Principles and the Standards in policies, practices and procedures;
  2. require Tasmanian Government entities to embed the Principles and Standards in funding agreements with non-government organisations;
  3. require Tasmanian Government entities to report annually on the implementation of, and compliance with, the Principles and Standards; and
  4. require Tasmanian Government entities to require funded non-government organisations to report annually on the implementation of, and compliance with, the Principles and Standards through funding agreements.

The draft Bill can be viewed on the Community Consultation page on the Department of Justice website. The consultation period closes on Friday, 12 February 2021.

Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice