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This resource sheet from Child Family Community Australia provides a brief overview of child protection legislation across state and territory jurisdictions in Australia. Child protection is an area of public law where authorities may intervene in family settings because of an allegation of harm or significant risk of harm to a child (Titterton, 2017).

In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible for the administration and operation of child protection services. Legislative acts in each state and territory govern the way such services are provided. The main child protection acts in each Australian state and territory are listed in Table 1. The table also outlines other acts of Parliament that are relevant to the operation and delivery of various services to children and families across Australia. For an overview of these acts, grouped by topic, see the Appendices.

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