The Victorian Parliament passed legislation to strengthen Victoria's response to children and young people in out-of-home care on Tuesday, 2 September 2014.
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.
- 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 (see Leaving children unattended)
- Identifying and removing barriers to achieving permanent placements for children (see Permanency for children)
- The authorisation of carers to make decisions on specified issues about the children in their care, which commenced on 17 November 2014.
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.
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.