To improve oversight of how organisations respond to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct, the Reportable Conduct Scheme commenced on 1 July 2017.
The benefits of the Reportable Conduct Scheme include:
- Identifying individuals who pose a risk to children, but do not have criminal records, and enabling them to be excluded from working with children
- Independent oversight of responses to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct against workers and volunteers connected to organisations
- Building the capacity of organisations to respond appropriately and effectively to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct.
Since 1 July 2017, allegations of reportable conduct must be notified to the Commission for Children and Young People by relevant in-scope organisations.
Commission for Children and Young People
The Reportable Conduct Scheme is administered by the Commission for Children and Young People. The Commission for Children and Young People is working with the department throughout the implementation of the scheme.
For more information about the Reportable Conduct Scheme, see the commission's video Summary of the Reportable Conduct Scheme on their website.
What does an organisation need to do?
The Reportable Conduct Scheme requires certain organisations with a high level of responsibility for children to:
- Ensure that the person in a relevant position of authority (such as the Chief Executive Officer) in the organisation is made aware of and reports any allegation of reportable conduct made against a worker or volunteer to the Commission for Children and Young People. In all circumstances, allegations of criminal conduct must be reported to Victoria Police as the first priority.
- Ensure appropriate investigation of the allegation. For example, for regulated organisations, the investigation may be undertaken by a government department or statutory body. For other organisations, the investigation may be in accordance with existing workplace investigation practices used to determine whether a worker should continue to be employed at the organisation.
- Report any findings and the reasons for the outcome of an investigation to the Commission for Children and Young People at the conclusion of the investigation.
For more information about the scheme, including the types of organisations to which scheme applies and information regarding the scheme's phasing of the scheme, see the Commission for Children and Young People website.
Client Incident Management System (CIMS) and Reportable Conduct Scheme investigations (RCS)
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Commission for Children and Young People have developed guidance material for service providers on undertaking streamlined CIMS and RCS investigations to meet the requirements of both schemes.
This guidance is available on the Incident and allegation investigations page of the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Allegations of criminal conduct
The Reportable Conduct Scheme requires all allegations of suspected criminal conduct to be reported to Victoria Police as the first priority. The scheme maintains the primacy of an investigation by Victoria Police of any allegations of criminal misconduct.
For more information on Reporting criminal abuse of children and vulnerable people in organisations guidelines, see the Victoria Police website.
Child protection matters
For concerns about the safety of a child or young person who may be at risk of harm, see Child Protection contact numbers on our Services website.
Child Safe Standards
Both the Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct scheme aim to prevent and respond to child abuse in organisations. The Reportable Conduct Scheme builds on the Child Safe Standards.