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Legislation Child Welfare Ordinance 1957 (Cth) (1957 - 1986)
Commonwealth of Australia
The Child Welfare Ordinance 1957 ended the application of NSW child welfare legislation in the ACT.
The Ordinance specified that where a court committed a child or young person to the care of the Minister on the grounds that the child was 'neglected,' or where a parent had consented to the admission of a child or young person to government control, the child could be apprenticed, boarded out, placed out or placed as an adopted boarder. The court could also commit a 'neglected' child to an institution. A child committed to an institution could be removed to NSW for detention and maintenance in a State institution.
The 1957 Ordinance was amended by the Child Welfare Amendment Ordinance 1979 (Cth) - which removed the powers of the Minister to place a ward as an adopted boarder or apprentice. Instead the minister was to provide accommodation and maintenance for the child admitted to government control. The minister could revoke an admission to government control on the application of a relative. Repealed by Children's Services Ordinance 1986 (Cth).
- Child Welfare Ordinance 1957 (Cth), ACT Government, 1957, http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ord/1957-17/default.asp. Details
- 'Australian Capital Territory: Provisions of the legislations', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2009, http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/exhibitions/removeprotect/prov/act_prov.html. Details
- Child Welfare Ordinance 1957
- AustLII: Australasian Legal Information Institute; and AIATSIS: To Remove and Protect: ACT
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Australian Capital Territory: Provisions of the legislations', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2009, http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/exhibitions/removeprotect/prov/act_prov.html.
Prepared by: Lydia Connell
Created: 4 May 2011, Last modified: 24 September 2012