Child Safe Standards – What are they?

To help ensure the safety of children, the Department of Human Services has introduced a set of compulsory minimum standards that apply to organisations providing services for children which came into affect for sporting clubs as of 1 January 2017.

There are seven (7) standards that organisations must meet to create and maintain a child safe organisation:

  • Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  • Standard 2: A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  • Standard 3: A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  • Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  • Standard 5: Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  • Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  • Standard 7: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.


The Standards apply to the safety of all children who are involved in your sport. Research shows that children from some population groups are at a higher risk of abuse than others. As such, each of the Standards must also be understood and applied in the context of:

  • The cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • The cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background
  • The safety of children with a disability


For further information, visit the Department of Human Services or the Commission for Children and Young People.

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