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.

Who are mandatory reporters?

In Western Australia, it is only 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 – Child Protection and Family Support.

Making a report

You can lodge a written mandatory report using the Department's secure Mandatory Reporting Information System (MRWeb).

Alternatively you can download a mandatory reporting form (PDF).

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@cpfs.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

Download Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse in Western Australia (PDF), a guide for mandatory reporters.