Child Safety

New Child Safe Standards

New Child Safe Standards start in Victoria on 1 July 2022 to better protect children

The Victorian Government has announced that the new Standards will commence on 1 July 2022. The eleven new Standards will replace Victoria’s current seven standards and principles.                                                                                                                                    


 Key changes include new requirements:

  • to involve families and communities in organisations’ efforts to keep children and young people safe
  • for a greater focus on safety for Aboriginal children and young people
  • to manage the risk of child abuse in online environments
  • for greater clarity on the governance, systems and processes to keep children and young people safe.

Changes have been made to support greater national consistency, reflecting the National Principles for a Child Safe Organisation.                                                                                                                                    

 A new standard focuses on cultural safety for Aboriginal children and young people and was recommended by the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, after undertaking an Aboriginal-led development process.                                                                                                                                            

The new Standards provide greater clarity for organisations on actions required to meet minimum standards. 


New Child Safe Standards Information Sheet


Pauline Moran

Child Safety Officer