Children, Youth and Families

The Children & Young People Act 2008External Link was passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly on 1 July 2008.

The detail of the Act addresses how our community deals with child protection, young offenders, childcare services and the employment of children.

The Act reforms the law about the care, protection and wellbeing of children in the Territory. It aims to address questions such as:

The Act is about fulfilling our duty, as a whole community, towards our children.

Declared Care Team

Under the Children and Young People ACT 2008External Link , the Director-General or delegate of the Community Services Directorate can declare a Care Team.

For more information on this topic, please refer to the Declared Care Team Information Sheet.


Information Holders
Information Sharing Key Points
Information Sharing Entity
Declared Care Team
Care Team Record Keeping for Members Fact Sheet
Consent to Share Information Form [PDF 120KB] [Word 56KB]

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the ChildExternal Link


The National Affordable Housing Agreement External Link (NAHA) is an agreement between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories, including the ACT. The NAHA commenced on 1 January 2009, with an aspirational objective “that all Australians have access to affordable, safe and sustainable housing that contributes to social and economic participation”. The NAHA replaces the former Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) and Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA).

Subsequent to the NAHA, the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness and the National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing were also agreed between the Commonwealth, states and territories, to implement specific strategies in these areas. These agreements are consistent with the Commonwealth Government’s The Road Home, White Paper on Homelessness, which set an ambitious target to halve homelessness by 2020 and offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it.


ACT legislation, programs and determinations

ACT legislation, programs and determinations External Link
Housing Assistance Public Housing Assistance Program Delegation 2010 External Link
Housing Assistance Housing Asset Assistance Program Delegation 2010 External Link
Housing Assistance Rental Bonds Housing Assistance Program Delegation 2010 External Link

ACT Housing Assistance Act 2010 External Link
Public Rental Housing Assistance Program External Link
Rental Bonds Housing Assistance Program External Link
Housing Assistance Programs - Operational Guidelines External Link
Housing Asset Assistance Program External Link
Income and Asset Determination External Link
Priority Categories Determination External Link
ACT Residential Tenancies Act 1997External Link


National Disability Agreement (NDA) is an agreement between the Australian and State/Territory Governments that sets the national framework to fund, monitor and support quality services for people with a disability.

Official Visitor Disability Services
Legislation and Legal framework External Link

ACT legislation register External Link
The ACT Health Records (Privacy & Access)Act 1997 External Link
Disability Services Act 1991 (ACT) External Link
Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) External Link
Human Rights Act 2004 External Link

Australian Law Online External Link
Education Act 2004 External Link
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986External Link

Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 External Link

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 [Cth]External Link
Review of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992External Link
Disability Services Act 1991External Link
Transport Standards External Link