You will need to consider s. 17 in assessing legislation, a policy or a program where it:

  • affects the ability to form and maintain close or enduring personal relationships;
  • recognises or fails to give legal recognition to close or enduring personal relationships;
  • regulates the obligations of people towards each other as part of a family;
  • regulates the obligations of parents and guardians towards children;
  • provides for the separation and removal of children from parents or guardians or other adults responsible for their care;
  • regulates family contact of prisoners or others in involuntary state care;
  • regulates access to children removed from the family;
  • creates a regime for giving children access to information about biological parents when the child has been adopted or born using artificial means such as sperm or egg donation;
  • enables intervention orders to be granted between family members;
  • deals with the division of estates on intestacy;
  • affects the welfare of children within the family or in the care of public authorities, including in police detention.