About the office

The National Office for Child Safety has been established within the Department of Social Services from 1 July 2018 in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The National Office for Child Safety works across governments and sectors to develop and deliver policies and strategies to enhance children’s safety and reduce future harm to children.

Our priorities:

  • engaging with governments, sectors and community to raise awareness and drive cultural change in institutions and the community to support child safety and wellbeing
  • improving collaboration between jurisdictions and institutions to support design, development and implementation of national strategies and prevention initiatives
  • promoting the participation and empowerment of children and young people in the design, development and evaluation of child safe initiatives
  • leading capacity building and continuous improvement of child safe initiatives through resource development, best practice material, evaluation and reporting.  

The establishment of the National Office for Child Safety demonstrates the Australian Government’s leadership and commitment to national reform to prevent future abuse and builds on existing measures such as the National Redress Scheme and the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.

The establishment of the National Office for Child Safety does not change the statutory responsibilities of state and territory governments with regard to child protection.

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