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Permanency Amendments Inquiry

Submissions to the Inquiry closed on 14 November 2016.

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The Commission has commenced an inquiry into the implementation of amendments arising from the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014. The Minister for Families and Children, the Hon Jenny Mikakos MP recommended the Commission conduct the Inquiry. The inquiry commenced on 1 September 2016 and is expected to be finalised in March 2017.

View the Permanency Amendments Inquiry Terms of Reference (2.7mb, pdf)

The legislative amendments took effect on 1 March 2016 and change the way that Victoria’s child protection system operates. In particular, the changes seek to ensure that decisions about the care of vulnerable children are made in a timely way and promote permanency of care arrangements.

Permanency of care is defined in the Inquiry’s terms of reference as an enduring care arrangement for a child that promotes the child's safety, development and sense of belonging. For most children, this will be in the care of one or both parents. However, for a small number of children, a permanent or ongoing out-of-home care placement is required to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

What is the Inquiry considering?

The inquiry is examining the evidence available after the first six months of the commencement of the amendments, to  determine whether they are achieving their objectives and whether they have led to any unintended consequences.

The Inquiry is being informed by evidence and data and involves a number of components, including  stakeholder participation.
The inquiry is considering:

  • whether the amendments have had any direct impact on outcomes for vulnerable children and families
  • whether the permanency amendments are leading to timelier permanent outcomes, including family preservation and family reunification for vulnerable children and for children for whom it is unsafe to return to the care of a parent
  • whether the permanency amendments have strengthened cultural supports and planning for Aboriginal children in out of home care
  • the impact of the permanency amendments on child protection and other services
  • whether any unintended consequences can be directly attributable to the permanency amendments
  • barriers that prevent permanent care orders being made.

This inquiry is being guided by the best interests of the child principles in section 10 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Public submissions

The Commission received 36 submissions that can be made public.

(Contact us to receive these documents in an accessible format)

  1. Foster carer - Submission to the CCYP Permanency Amendments Inquiry (586kb, pdf)
  2. Submission to the Commission on the topic of permanent care orders (26kb, pdf)
  3. Submission to the CCYP Permanancy Amendments Inquiry (137kb, pdf)
  4. Dr Briony Horsfall - Submission to the CCYP Permanency Amendments Inquiry (169kb, pdf)
  5. Submission to the Permanency Amendments Inquiry of the Commission for Children and Young People (365kb, pdf)
  6. Permanent carer - Submission to the Permanency Amendments Inquiry (313kb, pdf)
  7. Australian Childhood Foundation - Submission to the Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendments (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 (Permanency Amendment Inquiry) (463kb, pdf)
  8. Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service - Permanency Amendments Submission paper (3.45mb, pdf)
  9. Parents and Children Together (PACT) - Submission to the CCYP Permanency Amendments Inquiry November 2016 (895kb, pdf)
  10. Child Protection Practitioner - Submission to the Permanency Amendments Inquiry (133kb, pdf)
  11. Turning Point - Submission to the Permanency Amendments Inquiry (251kb, pdf)
  12. Connections UnitingCare - Permanency Amendments Inquiry: Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People (601kb, pdf)
  13. Disability Advocacy Victoria - Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and other matters) Act 2014 (Vic.) (420kb, pdf)
  14. Law Institute of Victoria - CCYP Permanency Amendments Inquiry: Inquiry into the Children, Youth and Families Amendment Act 2014 (1.04mb, pdf)
  15. Various agencies - Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People Permanency Amendments Inquiry (376kb, pdf)
  16. Raewyn Clark - Submission to the CCYP Permanency Amendments Inquiry (194kb, pdf)
  17. Melbourne City Mission - Submission to Commission for Children and Young People Permanency Amendments Inquiry Consultation Paper (596kb, pdf)
  18. Adoption Origins Victoria - Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People Inquiry into Permanency Amendments (1.02mb, pdf)
  19. Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service - Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People Inquiry
    into the Child Protection Permanency Amendments (756kb, pdf)
  20. Victorian Aboriginal Children and Young People's Alliance - Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People Inquiry into the implementation of the Children, Youth and Families amendment (permanent care and other matters) Act 2014 (658kb, pdf)
  21. Mirabel Foundation - Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 (Permanency Amendments Inquiry) (495kb, pdf)
  22. Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc - Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 Consultation Paper (699kb, pdf)
  23. Berry Street - “Passing the Time”: Berry Street submission to Commission for Children and Young People Permanency Amendments Inquiry (822kb, pdf)
  24. William Hammersley - To change a child’s identity is too great a price for a child to pay when it is in need of care: Submission to the CCYP Permanency Amendments Inquiry (295kb, pdf)
  25. Victorian Council of Social Service - Improving children’s safety, stability and wellbeing: VCOSS Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People’s Permanency Amendements Inquiry (1.35mb, pdf)
  26. Foster Care Association of Victoria - Submission to the Permanency Amendments Inquiry (334kb, pdf)
  27. Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) - Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 (Permanency Amendments Inquiry) (458kb, pdf)
  28. MacKillop Family Services - Submission to the CCYP Permanency Amendments Inquiry (248kb, pdf)
  29. Office of the Public Advocate - Submission to the Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment
    (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 (289kb, pdf)
  30. SNAICC - National Voice for our Children - Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 (Permanency Amendments Inquiry): Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People, Victoria (731kb, pdf)
  31. Victoria Legal Aid - Child Protection Permanency Amendments Inquiry: Submission to the Commission for Children and Young People (647kb, pdf)
  32. VANISH Submission: Response to the Commission for Children and Young People’s Permanency Amendments Inquiry Consultation Paper (952kb, pdf)
  33. Women's Legal Service - Submission in response to inquiry into implementation of the Children’s, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and other matters) Act 2014 (494kb, pdf)
  34. STAR Victoria Inc and Reinforce Submission - Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 (Permanency Amendments Inquiry) (538kb, pdf)
  35. Permanent Care and Adoptive Families - PCA Families Submission to the Child Safety Commissioner's Review of the Permanency Amendments (343kb, pdf)
  36. Children's Court of Victoria - Submission to the CCYP Inquiry into the Permanency Amendments (626kb, pdf)