Mandatory reporting to child protection in Victoria - out of home care workers factsheet

Mandatory reporting refers to the legal requirement of certain professional groups to report a reasonable belief of child physical or sexual abuse to child protection authorities.

For the purpose of mandatory reporting, a child is defined as a person who is under the age of 17 years, unless they are subject to a child protection order granted by the Children’s Court of Victoria Family Division, or interim order that continues in force until they turn 18 years of age.

In Victoria, work has commenced to expand the mandated reporter groups in line with those groups recommended by the Royal Commission.