Understanding legislation – acts and sections

The Child Protection Act 1999 (QLD) is the main law about child protection. This is a Queensland Act of Parliament and can be found on the state government website www.legislation.qld.gov.au.

All Acts of Parliament, both Commonwealth (Australia-wide) and State laws can be found at www.austlii.com.au.

When you see an Act of Parliament referenced it will usually have an ‘s’ standing for ‘section,’ and then the section number.

For example, s5A of the Child Protection Act 1999 states “The main principle for administering this Act is that the safety, wellbeing and best interests of a child are paramount.”

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