Department Of Child Safety Right To Information
Children are naturally curious and love to explore their surroundings. If you leave your kids unattended, in or near a vehicle, it may not be long before they are playing in it. Hide and seek can turn deadly if they get trapped in the trunk, where temperatures can rise very quickly—resulting in heatstroke or asphyxiation.
However, if you are a child who is currently in care or transitioning from care you are encouraged to approach your Child Safety Service Centre before applying for this service. Your Child Safety Officer will often be able to provide information without requiring a formal application.
(In May 2007, in response to the recommendations of the Forde Inquiry, the Queensland Government established the $100 million Forde Redress Scheme to acknowledge the abuse or neglect suffered by children placed in Queensland institutions by providing ex-gratia payments to those who were harmed.)
Documents are currently only available in PDF format so if you require alternative formats please email email@example.com or phone (07) 3224 2242. All reasonable requests for documents in alternate format will be actioned where possible and at no cost.
To access other information, you may need to make a formal application under the Right to Information Act 2009 or the Information Privacy Act 2009 - if it relates to your personal information (see ‘Applying for information’ for more information).
BTSI was gradually added to new cars until it was finally required in all vehicles by Model Year 2010. As a result, this type of vehicle rollaway, while possible, is increasingly uncommon. However, vehicle rollaway can still be a problem in vehicles equipped with a keyless ignition or push-button start feature when the vehicle has been turned off and not shifted into park. This is why it is essential to always engage your emergency brake every time you park, regardless of the presence (or lack of) BTSI technology.
If you have been, or are currently in, care in Queensland, you may want to seek information about your time in care through the Time in Care Information Access Service (TICIAS). The type of information that may be available through TICIAS includes:
The majority of seat belts have a locking mechanism that is activated when the seat belt is pulled all the way out from the retractor. This feature is designed for car seat installation. In instances when the locking feature activates, the child may not be able to free him or herself.
Many children are killed or seriously injured in backover incidents. A backover incident typically occurs when a vehicle coming out of a driveway or parking space backs over an unattended child because the driver did not see him or her.
To access other information, you may need to make a formal application under the Right to Information Act 2009 or the Information Privacy Act 2009 (if it relates to your personal information). We recommend contacting us prior to lodging a formal application.
The Queensland Government’s Open Data Revolution aims to make as much government data as possible freely available to the public to support the development of innovative solutions and real improvements to the way government services are delivered. The department publishes datasets on the Open Data portal.