NSW Reportable Conduct Scheme moves to Office of the Children's Guardian
29 Feb 2020
On 1 March 2020, the Reportable Conduct Scheme was transferred to the Office of the Children’s Guardian from the NSW Ombudsman under the new Children's Guardian Act 2019.
The scheme monitors how organisations investigate and report on certain conduct (known as 'reportable allegations' and 'reportable convictions') made against their employees, volunteers or certain contractors who provide services to children. The scheme will also cover religious bodies, in line with recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
From 1 March 2020, when the head of an organisation (called a 'relevant entity') becomes aware of a reportable allegation or a reportable conviction, the head of that entity must notify the Office of the Children's Guardian within seven business days and conduct an investigation into the allegations. If the final entity report is not ready to submit within 30 calendar days, the head must provide an interim report with information about the progress of the investigation and an expected timeframe for completion.
For more information, visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website.