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Queensland - Legislation

Children's Services Act 1965 (1965 - 2000)

Amending Act and Principal Act

The Children's Services Act 1965 was designed 'to promote and protect the wellbeing of the children and youth of the State through a comprehensive and co-ordinated program of child and family welfare'. The focus was on the protection of children from neglectful acts and behaviour by parents, and protection from unacceptable living conditions. This act had the full title "An Act to Promote, Safeguard and Protect the well-being of the Children and Youth of the State through a Comprehensive and Co-ordinated Programme of Child and Family Welfare and to Amend "The Adoption of Children Act of 1964", in certain particulars" (Act no.42/1965) and was repealed and replaced by the Child Protection Act 1999 (Act no.10/1999) in 2000.


 1865 - 1911 Industrial and Reformatory Schools Act 1865
 1879 - 1911 Orphanages Act 1879
       1891 - 1966 Guardianship and Custody of Infants Act 1891
       1896 - 1966 Children's Protection Act 1896
       1905 - 1966 Infant Life Protection Act 1905
       1907 - 1966 Children's Court Act 1907
       1911 - 1966 State Children Act 1911
             1965 - 2000 Children's Services Act 1965
                   1992 - Juvenile Justice Act 1992
                   1999 - Child Protection Act 1999

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Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Queensland Legislation, 2009,; Department of Child Safety, 'Child protection legislation: an historical perspective', State of Queensland, 2006,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill