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Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > 30 Mar - Legislation Amendment


On 20 March 2020, new offences for failing to protect children from and failing to report child sexual abuse came into effect.

The offences were created by the Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Act 2019 and will apply to Commonwealth officers who exercise care, supervision or authority over children.

The introduction of offences action recommendations 33 and 36 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s Criminal Justice Report, and are intended to improve the way Commonwealth officers with responsibility for children to proactively take steps to protect children from, and report, child sexual abuse.

Read the Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Act 2019.