Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017

The Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017 aims to set up a regime to allow professionals in a range of organisations (including child protection workers, teachers and health professionals) to share information about children to promote their safety. We support, in principle, the Bill, subject to a number of qualifications.
Liberty Victoria

In principle Liberty supports the Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017. However, Liberty Victoria’s view is that the proposed regime goes too far and needs to be amended to ensure that the range of information that can be stored is clearly defined, that children have the opportunity to give consent wherever possible, and that there are clear rules about the types of people that are able to access the information. As it stands, the Bill has the capacity to erode the rights of already vulnerable children and may need stronger safeguards against use for improper purposes.

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