Mandatory reporting for child abuse: Legislative history

Obviously of broader relevance but nonetheless important in the health care setting, are the reporting obligations for child sexual abuse. Now available is a detailed August 2014 report by Associate Professor Ben Matthews  from the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research. The report was written for the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

The report (available online) is entitled Mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse in Australia: A legislative history.

The analysis notes a number of disparities between the Australian laws, including differing reporter groups, definitions of child and harms triggering the reporting duty.