Following a Coronial inquest into the drowning death of a toddler at a family day care residence in 2015, the Coroner made several recommendations regarding family day care services that operate in residences/venues with swimming pools, spas and water features. Most of the recommendations required changes to legislation. Therefore, in March 2019, The Hon Simone McGurk, Minister for Community Services, released a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (Consultation Statement) for public consultation to examine options to address each aspect of the Coroner’s recommendations.

A Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (Decision Statement) was developed based on the consultation and has now been released. The Decision Statement provides the Minister’s preferred option to address the Coroner’s recommendations.

To find these documents and for more information on the legislative changes that will be progressed please visit the Education and Care Regulatory Unit web page.