Mandatory reporting of Child Sexual Abuse

It is a legal requirement in Western Australia for doctors, nurses, midwives, teachers, police officers and boarding supervisors to report all reasonable beliefs of child sexual abuse to the Department of Communities.

Mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse in Western Australia is governed by the Children and Community Services Amendment (Reporting Sexual Abuse of Children) Act 2008. From 1 January 2009, these mandatory reporting provisions became part of the Children and Community Services Act 2004.

You can lodge a written mandatory report using the Department's secure Mandatory Reporting Web System.

Who are mandatory reporters?

In Western Australia, it is mandatory for certain professionals to report a belief of child sexual abuse. Mandatory reporters are:

  • doctors
  • nurses and midwives
  • teachers
  • police officers
  • boarding supervisors.

Mandatory reporters have a legal requirement to report all reasonable beliefs of child sexual abuse to the Department of Communities.

Making a report

You can lodge a written mandatory report using the Department's secure Mandatory Reporting Information System (MRWeb), or download and submit a PDF form.

If you are concerned about your safety in making a mandatory report, please discuss this with your supervisor or manager and the Western Australia Police.

Reporting child abuse or neglect

Anyone who is concerned that a child is suffering any form of abuse or neglect within the metropolitan area should report their concerns to the Department through the Central Intake Team on 1800 273 889 or email CPDUTY@communities.wa.gov.au.

Anyone who is concerned that a child is suffering any form of abuse or neglect within a regional area should report their concerns to the Department through a local District Office.

Further information

Resources are available to download from the MRWeb Resources page.

Page reviewed 12 November 2021