"WA DCP - Children and Community Services Act 2004"


   PART 1 -- Preliminary  

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Terms used  
   4.      Presumptions of parentage  
   5.      Status of notes

   PART 2 -- Objects and principles

           Division 1 -- Objects  

   6.      Objects

           Division 2 -- General principles relating to children  

   7.      Best interests of child are paramount consideration  
   8.      Determining the best interests of a child  
   9.      Principles to be observed  
   10.     Principle of child participation
           Division 3 -- Principles relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children  

   11.     Relationship with principles in Division 2  
   12.     Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child placement principle  
   13.     Principle of self-determination  
   14.     Principle of community participation

   PART 3 -- Administrative matters

           Division 1 -- The Minister  

   15.     Agreements in respect of social services  
   16.     Delegation by Minister

           Division 2 -- The Children and Community Services Ministerial Body  

   17.     Term used: Ministerial Body  
   18.     Children and Community Services Ministerial Body  
   19.     Purpose and nature of Ministerial Body  
   20.     Execution of documents by Ministerial Body

           Division 3 -- The CEO  

   21.     Functions of CEO  
   22.     Cooperation and assistance  
   23.     CEO etc. may disclose or request relevant information  
   24A.    Authorities other than the Department may disclose or request information  
   24.     Delegation by CEO

           Division 4 -- Authorised officers  

   25.     Designation of authorised officers  
   26.     Identity cards

           Division 5 -- Advisory bodies  

   27.     Establishment of advisory bodies

   PART 4 -- Protection and care of children

           Division 1 -- Introductory matters  

   28.     When child is in need of protection  
   29.     Provisional protection and care, meaning and effect of  
   30.     When child is in the CEO’s care

           Division 2 -- Measures to safeguard or promote child’s wellbeing

              Subdivision 1 -- General powers and duties of CEO  

   31.     CEO may cause inquiries to be made about child  
   32.     CEO’s duties if action needed to safeguard etc. child’s wellbeing  
   33A.    CEO may cause inquiries to be made before child is born  
   33B.    CEO’s duties if action needed before child born to safeguard etc. child after birth

              Subdivision 2 -- Powers relating to investigation  

   33.     Access to child for purposes of investigation  
   34.     Warrant (access), application for and issue of

              Subdivision 3 -- Provisional protection and care  

   35.     Warrant (provisional protection and care), application for and issue of  
   36.     CEO’s duty if child taken into provisional protection and care under warrant  
   37.     Taking child into provisional protection and care without warrant in certain circumstances  
   38.     CEO’s duties etc. if child taken into provisional protection and care without warrant  
   39.     Provisional care plans, preparation etc. of

              Subdivision 4 -- Other powers  

   40.     Power to keep child under 6 years of age in hospital  
   41.     Power to move child to safe place

           Division 3 -- Protection orders

              Subdivision 1 -- Introductory matters  

   42.     Terms used  
   43.     Term used: protection order

              Subdivision 2 -- Applications for, and making of, protection orders  

   44.     Application for protection order  
   45.     Court may make protection order  
   46.     No order principle

              Subdivision 3 -- Protection orders (supervision)  

   47.     Protection order (supervision)  
   48.     Duration of protection order (supervision)  
   49.     Extension of protection order (supervision)  
   50.     Conditions of protection order (supervision)  
   51.     Variation of conditions of protection order (supervision)  
   52.     Access to child by authorised officer while protection order (supervision) in force  
   53.     Provision of social services

              Subdivision 4 -- Protection orders (time-limited)  

   54.     Protection order (time-limited)  
   55.     Duration of protection order (time-limited)  
   56.     Extension of protection order (time-limited)

              Subdivision 5 -- Protection orders (until 18)  

   57.     Protection order (until 18)  
   58.     Restriction on making protection order (until 18)  
   59.     Duration of protection order (until 18)

              Subdivision 6 -- Protection orders (special guardianship)  

   60.     Protection order (special guardianship)  
   61.     Restriction on making protection order (special guardianship)  
   62.     Duration of protection order (special guardianship)  
   63.     Conditions of protection order (special guardianship)  
   64.     Variation of conditions  
   65.     Court may order payments to special guardian  
   66.     Provision of social services

              Subdivision 7 -- Revocation and replacement of protection orders  

   67.     Revocation of protection order  
   68.     Replacement of protection order: application by CEO  
   69A.    Replacement of protection order (time-limited) or protection order (until 18): application by carer

              Subdivision 8 -- General  

   69.     Applications for extension, variation, revocation or replacement of protection orders  
   70.     Form of protection order  
   71.     Child’s date of birth  
   72.     Parties to proceedings to be given copy of protection order  
   73.     Maintenance of children under certain orders

           Division 4 -- Negotiated placement  

   74.     Term used: child  
   75.     Negotiated placement agreement  
   76.     Duration of negotiated placement agreement  
   77.     Termination of negotiated placement agreement

           Division 5 -- Children in the CEO’s care

              Subdivision 1 -- Charter of Rights  

   78.     Preparation etc. of Charter of Rights

              Subdivision 2 -- Placement arrangements  

   79.     CEO may arrange placement of child  
   80.     Guidelines for placement of certain children  
   81.     Consultation before placement of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child  
   82.     Payment for care under placement arrangement  
   83.     Inspection of place where child living  
   84.     Authorised officer may require person to hand over child  
   85.     Warrant (apprehension) where child not handed over  
   86.     Warrant (apprehension) where child absent or taken without authority  
   87.     Apprehension without warrant in certain circumstances

              Subdivision 3A -- Secure care arrangements  

   88A.    Terms used  
   88B.    Secure care facilities  
   88C.    Secure care arrangements for certain children  
   88D.    Period in secure care facility  
   88E.    Continuation order required for certain provisionally protected children  
   88F.    CEO to decide secure care period for protected child  
   88G.    Reconsideration of certain decisions as to protected child  
   88H.    Review of CEO’s decision  
   88I.    Requirements for care plan or provisional care plan  
   88J.    Apprehension without warrant of child absent from secure care facility

              Subdivision 3 -- Care plans  

   88.     Term used: parent  
   89.     Care plans, preparation etc. of  
   90.     Review of care plan

              Subdivision 4 -- Review of care planning decisions  

   91.     Terms used  
   92.     Case review panel  
   93.     Initial review  
   94.     Review of CEO’s decision  
   95.     Procedure

           Division 6 -- Provisions about leaving the CEO’s care  

   96.     People who qualify for assistance  
   97.     Child’s entitlement to personal material  
   98.     Provision of social services  
   99.     Provision of assistance to obtain accommodation etc.  
   100.    Provision of financial assistance

           Division 7 -- Offences

              Subdivision 1 -- Children generally  

   101.    Failing to protect child from harm  
   102.    Leaving child unsupervised in vehicle  
   103.    Tattooing or branding  
   104A.   Body piercing  
   104.    Providing long-term care for young children

              Subdivision 2 -- Children under placement arrangements or secure care arrangements  

   105.    Terms used  
   106.    Removing child from State  
   107.    Removing child from place of residence  
   108.    Harbouring child absent from place of residence  
   109.    Preventing child’s return to place of residence  
   110.    CEO may prohibit communication with child  
   111.    Evidentiary provision

           Division 8 -- Powers of restraint, search and seizure  

   112.    Terms used  
   113A.   Approving persons for purposes of this Division  
   113.    Prerequisites for exercise of power  
   114.    Child may be restrained  
   115.    Child may be searched  
   116.    Certain articles may be seized  
   117.    How seized articles to be dealt with  
   118.    Use of reasonable force  
   119.    Prescribed procedures

           Division 9 -- Warrants  

   120.    Applying for warrants  
   121.    Warrant (access), effect of  
   122.    Warrant (apprehension), effect of  
   123.    Warrant (provisional protection and care), effect of  
   124.    Execution of warrant

           Division 9A -- Reporting sexual abuse of children  

   124A.   Terms used  
   124B.   Duty of certain people to report sexual abuse of children  
   124C.   Reports under s. 124B, form and content of  
   124D.   CEO to give copies of reports under s. 124B to police  
   124E.   Time limit for prosecuting offences under s. 124B and 124C  
   124F.   Confidentiality of reporter’s identity  
   124G.   Evidence and legal proceedings  
   124H.   Orders, leave of courts etc. under s. 124F or 124G

           Division 10 -- General  

   125A.   Assessors, appointment and functions of  
   125B.   Identity cards for assessors  
   125.    Access to child, meaning of  
   126.    Recovery of certain expenditure  
   127.    CEO may give consent in lieu of parent in some cases  
   128.    Records of children in CEO’s care to be kept  
   129.    Protection from liability for giving information  
   130.    General powers of police officers not affected

   PART 5 -- Protection proceedings

           Division 1 -- Terms used in this Part  

   131.    Terms used

           Division 2 -- Adjournment and interim orders  

   132.    Adjournment of proceedings  
   133.    Interim orders  
   134A.   Interim orders (secure care)  
   134.    Variation or revocation of interim order  
   135.    Access to child by authorised officer while interim order in force

           Division 3A -- Orders for determination of parentage  

   136A.   Terms used  
   136B.   Orders requiring person to give evidence  
   136C.   Parentage testing orders  
   136D.   Orders associated with parentage testing orders  
   136E.   Adult contravening s. 136D order, consequences of  
   136F.   Procedure etc. ordered for child, parental consent needed in some cases, consequences of refusing to consent  
   136G.   No liability if parent or CEO consents  
   136H.   Parentage testing procedures, conduct of etc.  
   136I.   Results of parentage testing procedures admissible in protection proceedings

           Division 3 -- Pre-hearing conferences  

   136.    Court may order pre-hearing conference  
   137.    Confidentiality of pre-hearing conference

           Division 4 -- Reports about child  

   138.    Term used: report  
   139.    Court may require report  
   140.    Access to written report  
   141.    Confidentiality of report  
   142.    Protection from liability for preparing or giving report

           Division 5 -- Proposals about arrangements for child  

   143.    CEO to provide Court with proposal for child  
   144.    Court to consider proposal

           Division 6 -- Procedural matters  

   145.    Conduct of protection proceedings generally  
   146.    Court not bound by rules of evidence  
   147.    Parties to protection proceedings  
   148.    Legal representation of child  
   149.    Presence of child in court  
   150.    Evidence of child  
   151.    Standard of proof  
   152.    Intervention by Attorney General  
   153.    Court to facilitate party’s participation in proceedings  
   154.    Court may dispense with requirement for service  
   155.    Frivolous or vexatious proceedings

   PART 6 -- Transfer of child protection orders and proceedings

           Division 1 -- Introductory matters  

   156.    Purpose of Part  
   157.    Terms used

           Division 2 -- Transfer of child protection orders

              Subdivision 1 -- Administrative transfers  

   158.    When CEO may transfer home order  
   159.    Persons whose consent is required under s. 158(1)(d)  
   160.    CEO to have regard to certain matters  
   161.    Notification of decision to transfer  
   162.    Judicial review of CEO’s decision  
   163.    Review by State Administrative Tribunal

              Subdivision 2 -- Judicial transfers  

   164.    When Court may transfer home order  
   165.    Service of application under s. 164  
   166.    Court to have regard to certain matters  
   167.    Proposed interstate orders, terms of  
   168.    Court not to make s. 164 order without report from CEO  
   169.    Appeals

           Division 3 -- Transfer of child protection proceedings  

   170.    When Court may transfer child protection proceeding  
   171.    Service of application under s. 170  
   172.    Court to have regard to certain matters  
   173.    Interim order  
   174.    Appeals

           Division 4 -- Registration  

   175.    Filing interstate orders in Court  
   176.    Registering interstate orders  
   177.    Notification by registrar of Court  
   178.    Effect of registration  
   179.    Revocation of registration

           Division 5 -- General  

   180.    Legal representation of child  
   181.    Effect of registration of transferred order  
   182.    Transfer of Court file  
   183.    Hearing and determination of transferred proceeding  
   184.    Disclosure of information  
   185.    Discretion of CEO to consent to transfer  
   186.    Evidence of consent of relevant interstate officer  
   187.    Offence to remove certain children from where they live

   PART 7 -- Employment of children  

   188.    Terms used  
   189.    School Education Act 1999 not affected  
   190.    Child under 15 not to be employed in business etc.  
   191.    Exceptions to s. 190  
   192.    Children not to be employed to perform in indecent manner etc.  
   193.    CEO may prohibit or limit employment of child  
   194A.   CEO may prohibit or limit employment of children in particular business or place  
   194.    False information to employers etc.  
   195.    Powers of authorised officers  
   196.    Role of industrial inspectors and industrial magistrate’s courts

   PART 9 -- Provision of financial or other assistance  

   233.    CEO may provide financial or other assistance  
   234.    CEO may assist with funeral expenses  
   235.    Application for assistance  
   236.    Recovery of overpayments in certain circumstances

   PART 10 -- Confidentiality provisions  

   237.    Restriction on publication of certain information or material  
   238.    Production of departmental records in legal proceedings  
   239.    Objection to disclosure of certain information during legal proceedings  
   240.    Restrictions on disclosing notifier’s identity  
   241.    Restrictions on disclosing information obtained under this Act

   PART 11 -- Other matters  

   242A.   CEO to notify Ombudsman of certain deaths of children  
   242.    Obstruction  
   243.    Impersonating assessor or authorised officer  
   244.    False information in applications etc.  
   245.    Legal proceedings, commencement of  
   246.    Protection from liability for wrongdoing  
   247.    Effect of provision requiring document to be given to particular person or child  
   248.    Regulations  
   249.    Review of Act  
   250.    Repeal, transitional and savings provisions
           SCHEDULE 1 -- Transitional and savings provisions

[Reprinted under the Reprints Act 1984 as at 4 March 2011]

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(Source : http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/wa/consol_act/cacsa2004318/)

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