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Queensland - Legislation

Children's Protection Act 1896 (1896 - 1966)

Principal Act

The Children's Protection Act 1896 with the full title - "An Act to Provide for the Protection of Children" (Act no. 60 Vic. No. 26) - applied to boys under 14 years of age and girls under 16 years of age. It was an offence to 'ill treat, neglect, abandon or expose a child' in such a way as to cause unnecessary suffering or health problems. The Court was empowered to deal with a child in such circumstances. This act was repealed by the Children's Services Act 1965 on the 23 of November 1965 commencing on the 1st of August 1966 (Act no. 42/1965).


 1896 - 1966 Children's Protection Act 1896
       1965 - 2000 Children's Services Act 1965
             1992 - Juvenile Justice Act 1992
             1999 - Child Protection Act 1999

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Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Queensland Legislation, 2009,; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Queensland Legislation', 4 April 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Rosemary Francis