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Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 (1976 - 2006)

  • Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 (WA)

    Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 (WA), 6 October 1976, courtesy of State Law Publisher of Western Australia.

Amending Act

The Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 came into operation on 1 October 1977. It amended the Child Welfare Act 1947 and aimed to modernise policy and practice. The Act (s.5d) replaced the terms 'destitute child' and 'neglected child' with 'child in need of care and protection' and referred to children's needs throughout. A child who was found to be an 'habitual truant' was no longer deemed guilty of an offence (s30.e4). The Act was repealed by the Children and Community Services Act 2004.


In 1976, the Child Welfare Act Amendment Act 1976 (No 2) repealed (s.14) the previous Second Schedules to update the list of organisations that would receive a subsidy for some of the children accommodated: '14. "Section 15 of the principal Act is repealed and re-enacted with amendments as follows- 15. Subject to the provisions of subsection (2) of section fourteen of this Act the centres and facilities specified in the Second Schedule to this Act are declared to be subsidised centres or facilities."

These were listed in the new Second Schedule as follows (s.137): SECOND SCHEDULE. SUBSIDISED CENTRES OR FACILITIES. CATHOLIC: Catherine McAuley Centre, St. Vincents's, St. Joseph's, "Salvado", Castledare, Christian Community Inc., Clontarf, Good Shepherd Teen Centre, Pallotine Centre Rossmoyne, Catherine House Inc., Balgo Mission, Beagle Bay Mission, Benedictine Mission Kalumburu, La Grange Mission, Lombardina Mission, Nazareth House Geraldton, Pallotine Boys Hostel Albany, Pallotine Mission, Tardun, St. Francis Xavier's Native Mission, St. Joseph's Hostel Derby, Yaandina Babies & Childrens Centre Inc. ANGLICAN: Parkerville Children's Homes (Inc.) Swanleigh BAPTIST: Katukutu Hostel, Marribank Mission CHRISTIAN BRETHREN ABSEMBIES: Kurrawang Aboriginal Christian Centre Inc. CHURCHES OF CHRIST: "Bamburra" Hostel, Churches of Christ Ingada Village-Carnarvon, Churches of Christ Aborigines Mission-Norseman, Churches of Christ Roelands Village, "Fairhaven" Training Hostel Esperance METHODIST: Homes for Children: "Mofflyn" "Allandale" "Werribee" "Bourkedale" "Cooinda" "Meribah" "Warminda", Mogumber Training Centre Applecross Cottage, Ardross Hostel, Greenmount Hostel (Innaminka), Mt. Yokine Hostel, Nollamara Cottage PRESBYTERIAN: Sister Kate's Children's Homes (Inc.), Collins House SALVATION ARMY: Hollywood Children's Village, "Cottesloe House" UNDENOMINATIONAL: Fairbridge, Ngal-a Mothercraft Home & Training Centre (Inc.), Wanslea Hostel'


Related Glossary Terms

  • Neglected Child (1893 - 1976)

    The Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 replaced the term, 'neglected child' with 'child in need of care and protection'.

  • Truant (1899 - )

    The Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 removed the offence of 'habitual truant' from child welfare legislation.


Online Resources


Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 (WA)
Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 (WA)
6 October 1976
State Law Publisher of Western Australia


Sources used to compile this entry: ; Child Welfare Amendment Act (No 2) 1976 (WA) [Document], Date: 6 October 1976; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Western Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser