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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Page: 1566

Custodianship Arrangements

(Question No. 1300)

Ms Gambaro asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 26 November 2012:

In respect of changes to custodianship arrangements, by way of monthly breakdown since July 2012, how many persons by (a) age, and (b) state and territory, have been appointed as custodians.

Mr Brendan O'Connor: The answers to the honourable member's question is:

The Department is aware of the appointment of four individual custodians since July 2012 (details of organisations appointed as custodians are noted in the response to question 1301). Two custodians are resident in South Australia, one in Queensland and one in Tasmania.

The Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 (IGOC Act) requires the Minister or his delegate to be satisfied that an individual is willing and suitable to be a custodian. While the IGOC Act does not impose any age requirements for the appointment of custodians, a proposed custodian's age may be considered as part of an assessment of suitability as a matter of policy. State and territory welfare agencies are currently implementing custodianship provisions.