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Reportable conduct scheme

From 1 July 2017, the Commission for Children and Young People will administer a ‘reportable conduct scheme’ in Victoria. The scheme will improve oversight of how organisations respond to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct by workers and volunteers.

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 in organisations
  • building the capacity of organisations to respond appropriately and effectively to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct.

Under the scheme, the Commission for Children and Young People will have the power to:

  • monitor organisations’ investigations of abuse or misconduct and report on trends,
  • share information with key organisations, such as the Working with Children Check Unit and certain professional registration bodies, to improve child safety,
  • inquire into the safety systems of organisations engaged in child-related work, and
  • share relevant information to better protect children from the risks of abuse.

The reportable conduct scheme will not interfere with reporting obligations to Victoria Police or with Victoria Police investigations. In all cases, allegations of criminal conduct must be reported to Victoria Police as the first priority.

For more information view: Guidelines – Criminal Abuse of Children and Vulnerable People in Organisations: Reporting to Victoria Police (external link)

What will an organisation need to do?

The reportable conduct scheme will require 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.

View organisations that the reportable conduct scheme will apply to

Further information

The Commission for Children and Young People is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare for the implementation of the reportable conduct scheme. More information about the reportable conduct scheme will be available on this website in the coming months.

Organisations can contact the Department of Health and Human Services for further information:
Website: Creating child safe organisations - Human Services Victoria (external link)
Telephone: (03) 9096 0000
Email: childsafeorgs@dhhs.vic.gov.au