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Australian Capital Territory - Glossary Term

State Ward ( - 1986)

Alternative Names
  • Ward of the State (also known as)

The terms state ward or ward of the state were legal terms used to describe a child under the guardianship of a state child welfare authority. The ACT abandoned use of the terms with the Children's Services Ordinance 1986, when the language shifted to refer to children in need of care.

Prepared by: Lydia Connell