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Social Work and the Law

Discover and access resources covering social work and the legal system.

Queensland legislation

Below is some of the legislation that social workers practicing in Queensland need to be aware of:

  • Adoption Act 2009
  • Carers (Recognition) Act 2008
  • Childrens Court Act 1992
  • Child Protection Act 1999
  • Child Protection (International Measures) Act 2003
  • Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000
  • Community Services Act 2007
  • Disability Services Act 2006
  • Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012
  • Family Services Act 1987
  • Forensic Disability Act 2011
  • Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009
  • Youth Justice Act 1992

To access Queensland Acts, Bills or regulations on the Queensland Government website below.

Commonwealth legislation

Some legislation that social workers practising in Australia need to be aware of:

  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
  • Aged Care Act 1997
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Family Law Act 1975
  • Migration Act 1958
  • Social Security Act 1991 
  • Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 

To access Commonwealth legislation use the database below.