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Child Protection Reportable Conduct Scheme

Children Legislation Amendment (Reportable Conduct) Act 2017 (the Reportable Conduct Act); With effect from 1st January 2018, the Reportable Conduct Scheme under the Reportable Conduct Act will come into force in Victoria in relation to the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

The Scheme constituted under the Reportable Conduct Act imposes obligations on the Head of the responsible Entity to notify the Commission for Children and Young People and to take other steps as required. The scheme is administered by the Commission for Children and Young People.

Under the Reportable Conduct Act, the relevant religious body for the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Melbourne is the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation Ltd (the Diocesan Corporation). The Head of the Entity constituted by the Diocesan Corporation is the Archbishop of Melbourne.

The Diocesan Corporation has entered into an agreement with Kooyoora Ltd under which Kooyoora Ltd agrees that, if the Director of Professional Standards becomes aware of a reportable allegation against an employee of the entity, to notify the Commission and supply details as required by the Reportable Conduct Act. Under these arrangements, there will be one notifying body on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

It will be essential to the effective operation of these arrangements that those exercising leadership positions in parishes and congregations strictly observe the requirements for mandatory reporting to the Director of Professional Standards at ua.gro.arooyooknull@spd Failure to do so will put at risk due compliance with the requirements of the Reportable Conduct Act by the Diocese.

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