Reportable conduct scheme
The ACT has passed legislation to implement a reportable conduct scheme from 1 July 2017, in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The scheme is an employment-based child protection measure designed to ensure that allegations of abuse and certain criminal convictions are identified, reported and acted on appropriately.
Under the scheme, certain organisations that provide services for children will need to notify the ACT Ombudsman of allegations that an employee has engaged in conduct that results in: ill treatment; neglect or psychological harm to a child; misconduct of a sexual nature; or the employee has committed criminal offences involving a child. ‘Employees’ in the scheme will include volunteers and other persons engaged to provide services to children.
The ACT Ombudsman will have powers to independently oversee, monitor and report on an organisation’s investigation of allegations or convictions.
The Reportable Conduct and Information Sharing Legislation Amendment Act 2016 defines the roles and responsibilities of the ACT Ombudsman, organisations providing services for children, and the heads of those organisations, under the reportable conduct scheme.
The ACT Government and the ACT Ombudsman will work with organisations covered by the scheme and other stakeholders to prepare for its commencement.
Why is a reportable conduct scheme being introduced?
The new oversight role of the ACT Ombudsman will provide assurance to the community that investigations into allegations of abuse by employees are independently reviewed. It will also support organisations to appropriately respond to and address these allegations.
A similar scheme has been in place in NSW since 1999, and this was carefully considered in developing the ACT scheme.
Guidance material will be developed to assist organisations with their new roles and responsibilities under the scheme.
Further information about the reportable conduct scheme will be available on the websites of the ACT Ombudsman and ACT Government in the coming months.
- Relevant legislation can be accessed from the ACT Legislation Register
- Reportable conduct scheme discussion paper
- Media release 02/08/2016: Legislation increases safety net for children and young people
- Media release 09/06/2016: New reportable conduct scheme to better protect children
If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact:
ACT Ombudsman – Reportable Conduct Scheme
Phone: 02 6276 3770