All Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities for children, including those that are funded and/or regulated by government are required to comply with the Child Safe Standards.
The Commission for Children and Young People is the overall regulator of the Child Safe Standards. Under the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005, the Commission holds legislative powers to oversee and enforce an organisation’s compliance with the Child Safe Standards.
The Human Services Regulator promotes and oversees compliance by organisations that are funded and/or regulated by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. These organisations include but are not limited to:
- Out-of-home care services
- Family violence or sexual assault services
- Housing services and homeless services
- Youth services
- Support services for parents and families
- Disability services.
The Human Services Regulator’s approach to regulating the Child Safe Standards is set out in the Child Safe Standards oversight framework 2021-2023 (Word).
For more information about the Human Services Regulator see:
- Human Services Regulator regulatory strategy (pdf)
- Human Services Regulator regulatory strategy (word)
- Human Services Regulator compliance and enforcement policy (word)
- Human Services Regulator annual regulatory plan 2021-2022 (word)
For organisations funded and/or regulated by the department, queries about Child Safe Standards can be directed to the Child Safe Standards enquiry lines (see 'Contacts').
All other organisations should seek advice through their existing funding and/or regulatory relationships or contact the Commission for Children and Young People (see 'Contacts').