The standards are a compulsory framework that supports organisations to promote the safety of children. The legislation that creates the standards is the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005. The standards are designed to drive cultural change and embed a focus on child safety by placing children's rights and wellbeing at the forefront of the organisation's mind.
Organisations must be guided by the following principles when implementing the standards:
- the cultural safety of Aboriginal Children
- the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
- the safety of children with a disability