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CHILDREN'S PROTECTION ACT 1993 - SECT 5

5—Provisions relating to dealing with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children

        (a1)         In dealing with matters relating to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle is to be observed.

        (1)         No decision or order may be made under this Act as to where or with whom an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child will reside unless consultation has first been had with a recognised Aboriginal organisation, or a recognised Torres Strait Islander organisation, as the case may require.

        (2)         A person or court, in making any decision or order under this Act in relation to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, must, in addition to complying with any other requirements under this Act, have regard—

            (a)         to the submissions made by or on behalf of a recognised Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation consulted in relation to the child; and

            (b)         if there has been no such consultation—to Aboriginal traditions and cultural values (including kinship rules) as generally expressed by the Aboriginal community, or to Torres Strait Islander traditions and cultural values (including kinship rules) as generally expressed by the Torres Strait Islander community, as the case may require; and

            (c)         to the general principle that an Aboriginal child should be kept within the Aboriginal community and a Torres Strait Islander child should be kept within the Torres Strait Islander community.

        (3)         For the purposes of this Act, a recognised Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation is an organisation that the Minister, after consulting with the Aboriginal community or a section of the Aboriginal community, or the Torres Strait Islander community or a section of the Torres Strait Islander community, as the case may require, declares by notice in the Gazette to be a recognised Aboriginal organisation, or a recognised Torres Strait Islander organisation, for the purposes of this Act.

        (4)         The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, after consulting with the relevant community or a section of the relevant community, vary or revoke a declaration under subsection (3).

        (5)         All reasonable endeavours should be made when conducting consultations, negotiations, meetings or proceedings of any kind under this Act involving an Aboriginal person (whether a child or not) to do so in a manner and in a venue that is as sympathetic to Aboriginal traditions as is reasonably practicable.

        (6)         All reasonable endeavours should be made when conducting consultations, negotiations, meetings or proceedings of any kind under this Act involving a Torres Strait Islander person (whether a child or not) to do so in a manner and in a venue that is as sympathetic to Torres Strait Islander traditions as is reasonably practicable.

        (7)         The Minister will cause discussions to be held from time to time between the Department and the relevant community for the purposes of implementing subsections (5) and (6).



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