Reporting child abuse is a crucial first step in protecting a child from sexual abuse.
You do not need to prove that child sexual abuse is actually occurring to report it – a reasonable suspicion of abuse is all that is needed before reporting abuse.
Some professionals, such as doctors, nurses and teachers, are legally obliged to report suspicions of child sexual abuse, although these laws vary from State to State. This is called mandatory reporting.
If you suspect that a child may be being sexually abused, you can make a report to the child protection authority in your state.
If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 000.
Australian Capital Territory
Phone: 1300 556 729
Phone: 132 111 (TTY 1800 212 936)
Phone: 1800 700 250.
During business hours – contact your regional child safety service. To find out the number for your service, call: 1800 811 810 or see a full list of services here
After hours and on weekends, call: 1800 177 135 or (07) 3235 9999.
Phone: 131 478
Phone: 1300 737 639
Phone: 13 12 78
During business hours, call: (08) 9222 2555; or country free call: 1800 622 258
After hours, please contact Crisis Care on: (08) 9223 1111; country free call: 1800 199 008