The Child Welfare Agreement Ordinance 1941 (Act no. 12/1941) was Commonwealth legislation that approved an agreement made between the Commonwealth and the state of New South Wales for the reception, detention and maintenance in institutions in NSW of children committed to those institutions by courts of the ACT. When an ACT court committed a child to a state institution, the child may be taken by an ACT officer to a shelter in Sydney. The child then came under the provisions of the Child Welfare Act 1939 (NSW) as if the child had been committed to a NSW institution by a NSW children's court. The agreement was varied by the Child Welfare Agreement Ordinance 1962. The law was repealed by the Children's Services Act 1986 (Commonwealth) effective from 30 June 1987.
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://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/collections-online/digitised-collections/remove-and-protect/australian-capital-territory; Parry, Naomi, 'Child Welfare Department (1923-1970)', in Find & Connect New South Wales, Commonwealth of Australia, 2011, http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/nsw/biogs/NE00039b.htm; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Northern Territory Legislation', 1 February 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Lydia Connell and Christine Moje
Created: 4 May 2011, Last modified: 8 April 2015