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Lodging a child safe environments compliance statement

A child safe environments compliance statement is a statement from your organisation about your child safe environments policies and procedures. Lodging a compliance statement is a mandatory requirement for all organisations providing a health, welfare, education, sporting or recreation, religious or spiritual, childcare, cultural, party, entertainment or residential care service wholly or partly for children.

Organisations must lodge a compliance statement with the Department for Education. There is no cost for lodging a compliance statement.

If a compliance statement is not lodged a penalty of up to $10,000 may apply.

Lodging your compliance statement

Newly formed organisations must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, after preparing or adopting policies and procedures, lodge a compliance statement.

If the minimum requirements of providing safe environments for children and young people have not been fully met, the organisation will need to lodge a further statement once all requirements are in place. This statement should be lodged no later than 6 months after the initial statement is lodged.

Existing organisations must, as soon as is reasonably practicable after varying or substituting policies and procedures, re-lodge a compliance statement.

Compliance statements can be lodged online via the CSEC online lodgement system.

The CSEC system requires the user to create a login before lodging a compliance statement. Once set up, the user can access lodged compliance statements and/or supporting documentation at any time. 

CSCE System user manual

The CSEC System user manual provides step by step instructions on how to lodge a compliance statement using the online lodgement system and other services available on the system.

Next steps

Organisations are strongly advised to keep a copy of their compliance statement for their records. Wherever possible the compliance statement should be tabled at the organisation’s annual general meeting or other appropriate forum.

Organisations seeking funding or entering into contractual arrangements with government organisations may be requested to provide evidence of their compliance statement.

Compliance statement fact sheet

The compliance statement fact sheet (PDF 302KB) has more information about:

  • why organisations need to lodge a compliance statement
  • when organisations need to comply
  • who must lodge a compliance statement.


Child safe environments

Phone: 8463 6468
Email: educationchildsafe [at] sa.gov.au