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South Australia - Legislation

Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (2017 - )

Principal Act
Alternative Names
  • C&YP (Safety) Act (Acronym)

The Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (no. 25 of 2017) repealed the Children's Protection Act 1993. This legislation contains a number of reforms, implementing recommendations from the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission which reported in 2016.


The Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 introduced changes to how Care Leavers are provided with access to records held by the state government. Care Leavers previously had to apply for records under the Freedom of Information Act 1991.

Under section 153 of the Act, a person who was in state care (and if the person has died, their grandparent, parent, child or grandchild) is eligible to request documents held by the department, and to receive original and copies of documents free of charge.


 1994 - 2017 Children's Protection Act 1993
       2017 - Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Provision of information to care leavers', in Department for Child Protection, South Australian Government, 2017,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill