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NSW Reportable Conduct Scheme - helping to keep kids safe

From 1 March 2020, the Reportable Conduct Scheme is operated by the Office of the Children’s Guardian under the Children's Guardian Act 2019.

The scheme monitors how certain organisations (‘relevant entities’) investigate and report on types of conduct ('reportable allegations' or 'reportable convictions') made against their employees, volunteers or certain contractors who provide services to children. The scheme will also cover religious bodies, in response to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

From 1 March 2020, when the head of a 'relevant entity' becomes aware of a reportable allegation or a reportable conviction, the head of that entity must notify the Office of the Children's Guardian within seven business days and conduct an investigation into the allegations. If the final entity report is not ready to submit within 30 calendar days, the head must provide an interim report with information about the progress of the investigation and an expected timeframe for completion.

Further information

Under the new Act, the Office of the Children’s Guardian will monitor the entity's response to the allegation. The Children’s Guardian may also monitor the progress of an entity’s investigation if the Children’s Guardian considers it is in the public interest to do so.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact us on (02) 8219 3800 or reportableconduct@ocg.nsw.gov.au.

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