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A Scout Promise and Law for All Australians

Dear Scouts of Australia, Members and Supporters,

The values of Scouting have helped hundreds of thousands of young Australians navigate an ever-changing world for more than 100 years.

Making the Scouts Australia Promise and following the Scout Law are among the first steps of a young person’s journey to becoming true to themselves and contributing members of society.

Scouts Australia has finalised the Promise and Law that we will put to our National Council for adoption in July 2017.

In the proposed Promise and Law, Scouts Australia has expressed our values in words that every young Australian of today can identify with.  We’ve considered that today’s definition of community has evolved in scope to reflect our global society, and that there are many different spiritual beliefs held in the Australian community. 

We have confirmed that the proposed Promise and Law are consistent with World Scouting’s requirements to encapsulate the Principles of Scouting worldwide - Duty to God, Duty to others and Duty to self.

After thoroughly considering our research and feedback, the National Executive Committee of Scouts Australia will be proposing the following Promise to our National Council. It is important to note that individuals may elect to make either version.

On my honour, I promise
To do my best,
To be true to my spiritual beliefs,
To contribute to my community and our world,
To help other people,
And to live by the Scout Law


On my honour
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to my God, and
To the Queen of Australia
To help other people, and
To live by the Scout Law 

The following Scout Law will also be proposed to the National Council.


  • Be friendly and considerate
  • Care for others and the environment


  • Be trustworthy, honest and fair
  • Use resources wisely


  • Learn from my experiences
  • Face challenges with courage

The National Council will meet on the 22nd of July 2017 to vote on the proposal. If approved, Scouts Australia will distribute further resources to help our members integrate the new wording throughout the organisation later in 2017.   

If you have already made the Scout Promise, you will not be required to make the new Promise if it is adopted.

I sincerely thank all the members who contributed feedback in our consultation process, and I look forward to providing you with the next update following the National Council Meeting.

Yours in Scouting

Chris Bates                                                                                         
Chief Commissioner                                                                                       
Scouts Australia                     

Scouts Australia’s National Child Protection Policy
One Approach for All Australian Scout Members

Scouts Australia has merged all Branch-based child protection policies into a single National policy to ensure consistency and clarity of our zero-tolerance approach to child protection.

This new National policy describes several areas of child protection including strategies for prevention; dealing with reports of abuse; training of all Scouting adults with regards to child protection; and the ongoing education of both adults and youth members. From all the different State and Territory legal requirements, Scouts Australia has selected the highest standard to apply in our new comprehensive National policy.

All State and Territory Branches agreed on four key child protection principles:

  • All adults in Scouting must report incidents to the appropriate authority
  • Any report will be responded to quickly and positively
  • There will be no delay, and strict steps must be followed
  • Investigations are not conducted locally - there is an escalated process

The independent, not-for-profit child protection organisation Child Wise has accredited the policy and has closely assisted Scouts Australia through its development. Child Wise will continue to work with Scouts Australia to ensure the policy and its underlying Scout Branch frameworks remain at best practice levels across Australia.  

The new policy was approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Scouts Australia in November 2016. During the next few months all training materials and handbooks across every Branch and Group will be updated. All Leaders, parents, volunteers and participants in Scouting must follow the new National policy.

To ensure that every Scouting member plays their part in providing the safest possible environment for all children, please read the summary page here and download a copy of the full policy here.



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