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Victoria - Legislation

Children and Young Persons Act 1989 (1991 - 2007)

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    The Children and Young Persons Act 1989

Principal Act

The Children and Young Persons Act 1989 (No. 56/1989) was implemented in stages up to 1992 and clearly separated services for children in need of protection from services for young offenders. The Act hastened the process of deinstitutionalisation in juvenile justice, and led to the closure of the few surviving 'children's homes' in Victoria. It was repealed by the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.


The long title for the Bill for this Act was "a Bill to establish the Children's Court of Victoria, to provide for the constitution, jurisdiction and proceedings of that Court, to make fresh provision in relation to the protection of children and in relation to children who have been charged with, or who have been found guilty of, offences, to repeal the Children's Court Act 1973, to amend the Community Welfare Services Act 1970 and various other Acts and for other purposes." Sections of this Act commenced in 1991. It was amended numerous times and was repealed on 23 April 2007 by the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 (No. 96/2005).


 1906 - 1915 Children's Court Act 1906
       1915 - 1928 Children's Court Act 1915
             1929 - 1957 Children's Court Act 1928
                   1957 - 1959 Children's Court Act 1956
                         1959 - 1974 Children's Court Act 1958
                               1974 - 1992 Children's Court Act 1973
                               1985 - 1991 Children (Guardianship and Custody) Act 1984
                                     1991 - 2007 Children and Young Persons Act 1989
                                           2007 - Children, Youth and Families Act 2005


Online Resources


The Children and Young Persons Act 1989


Sources used to compile this entry: 'Victoria: Legislation', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2008,; Brendan Nathan (Team Leader, Freedom of Information), Corporate Integrity Information and Resolutions unit, Department of Human Services. Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Victoria Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill