The principles proposed for the new Bill

In addition to objects, a Bill also needs to contain principles that underpin the intent of the proposed legislation.

For this new Bill, the proposed principles cover a range of matters related to:

  • rights and participation
  • the importance of prevention and early intervention
  • the role of parents, caregivers, and community members in supporting the wellbeing and development of children and young people.

It is also important for the new Bill to recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are part of the oldest continuing cultures in human history. It is important to recognise that maintaining the connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to their culture and country is integral to improving the health and development outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people.

The principles factsheet presents the principles that have been proposed for inclusion and further details the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the Bill.

As you review the information, consider how you might respond to the following questions:

  • Of the draft principles proposed for the new Bill, what are the top 3 that you consider most important?
  • Are there any principles that you feel are missing, out of place or need revision?

Provide your feedback on the proposed principles.