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The Inquiry received and reviewed written and verbal submissions and undertook extensive consultations across the State.

A Guide to making submissions (PDF, 82KB) was released which outlined the written submission process in detail and included a set of questions relating to the Terms of Reference to assist submitters.

Consistent with its commitment to openness, the Inquiry published written submissions on this website wherever possible, including transcripts of verbal submissions made at Public Sittings.

The Inquiry received 225 written submissions.

The Inquiry published submissions that were within its Terms of Reference. Each written submission and transcript was assessed for legal suitability for publication. The Inquiry did not publish any submissions with content that was potentially defamatory, offensive or in violation of the Information Privacy Act 2000, Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 or that named individuals currently under a court suppression order.· Addresses, contact details and other personal information pertaining to individuals making submissions were removed.· Where there were supporting documents to submissions, these were not published if they were available from other sources or had already been previously published, or were contrary to the legal restrictions stated above.

The Inquiry also received submissions with requests for these to be treated in confidence.· These requests were considered in accordance with the Inquiry’s published criteria.· Confidential submissions were not published.

Written submissions formally closed on 29 April 2011. The Inquiry did not provide formal extensions to the due date, however, it continued to receive submissions up until 9 December 2011.

More than 80 supplementary submissions were also provided to the Inquiry at Public Sittings or shortly thereafter by individuals and organisations making verbal submissions. The majority of these were not published on the website as many were hard copies of the verbal statements that had been recorded on the Public Sittings transcript. Some supplementary submissions were secondary materials provided in response to questions by the Inquiry at Public Sittings.

Transcripts from Public Sittings can be viewed from the Public Sittings section of this website. The content of transcripts is included in the search function below. However, note that the search function is not able to search through the content of hand written submissions, scanned versions of hard copy files or text embedded in image files.
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Media Releases

Extension granted for vulnerable children inquiry

Wednesday 22 September 2011

Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge today announced that, at the Inquiry panel’s request, the reporting date for the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry has been extended to 27 January 2012.

Child Protection Inquiry hears Submissions in Melbourne

Tuesday 28 June 2011

The Inquiry into child protection has begun holding its metropolitan Public Sittings, with Sittings in Melbourne on 28 June and 5 July as part of its consultations with the community.

Child Protection Inquiry starts Regional Sittings

Wednesday 18 May 2011

The Inquiry into child protection has begun holding Public Sittings across regional Victoria as part of its extensive community consultation, starting in Geelong today.

Child Protection Inquiry calls for Submissions

Monday 28 February 2011

The Inquiry into child protection has invited written submissions and outlined the processes the Inquiry will follow, at its first public meeting in Melbourne today.

Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children
: inquiry launched

Monday 31 January 2011

Premier Ted Baillieu today launched the inquiry Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children to comprehensively investigate systemic problems in Victoria's child protection system and make recommendations to strengthen and improve the protection and support of vulnerable young Victorians.

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