Mandating a person
However, the laws are not the same across all jurisdictions.
The main differences concern who has to report and what types of abuse and neglect have to be reported.
Some jurisdictions also require reports of exposure of children to domestic violence (e.g., NSW, Tas.).
In New South Wales, the legislative grounds for intervention cover young people up to 18 years of age, but it is not mandatory to report suspicions of risk of harm in relation to young people aged 16 and 17 years.
In all jurisdictions, the legislation protects the reporter's identity from disclosure.
In addition, the legislation provides that as long as the report is made in good faith, the reporter cannot be liable in any civil, criminal or administrative proceeding.
A common assumption is that mandatory reporting requirements, the legislative grounds for intervention, and research classifications of abusive and neglectful behaviour are the same.
In fact, mandatory reporting laws define the types of situations that must be reported to statutory child protection services.