Compliance provisions under the Children's Guardian Act and additional powers commence 1 February 2023.
Providers of specialised substitute residential care are regulated under the Children’s Guardian Act 2019 and Children's Guardian Regulation 2022. They must comply with both the Child Safe Standards and the Specialised Substitute Residential Care code of practice. In addition Section 8DA of the Children's Guardia Act 2019 makes it an offence for an entity providing specialised substitute residential care to fail, without reasonable excuse, to complete a self-assessment within the time specified in the code of practice.
The Office of the Children’s Guardian has enforcement powers under Part 9A of the Children’s Guardian Act 2019 where a specialised substitute residential care provider fails to comply with these regulations.