Message from the Chief Commissioner


Reporting child abuse

Release date: Thu 1 January 2015

Last updated: Mon 14 August 2017


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Do I have to report?

Reporting child sexual abuse is a community-wide responsibility. Accordingly, there is a criminal offence in Victoria that imposes a clear legal duty upon all adults to report information about child sexual abuse to police.

Any adult who forms a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child under 16 has an obligation to report that information to police. Failure to disclose the information to police is a criminal offence.

For further information on the criminal offence and what constitutes reasonable belief visit the Department of Justice - Failure to disclose offence.

Reporting and seeking help

  • If a situation is life threatening contact police on Triple Zero '000'
  • For immediate concerns about the safety of a child, contact the Department of Human Services Child Protection Crisis Line by telephone on 13 12 78
  • To discuss concerns about child abuse contact your local police station .

Need more information? Visit support services

In an emergency call Triple Zero (000).

For more information see

Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL) (24 hours) 1800 806 292
Gatehouse Centre for Child Sexual Assault (03) 9345 6391 (9am-5pm)
1800 Respect (24 hours) 1800 737 732 national telephone line for victims of sexual assault & family
Victims of Crime Help Line (7 days, 8am-11pm) 1800 819 817
e-Safety Commissioner
Child Protection Service DHHS 24 hours 131 278
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre (24 hours) for women and children: 24 hour support 1800 015 188 or 9322 3555
Kid's Help Line 1800 551 800 


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