Summary publication


20 October 2014

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC Attorney-General

Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600


Dear Attorney

Children’s Rights Report 2014

I am pleased to present to you the Children’s Rights Report 2014, in accordance with section 46MB of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) (the Act). The Act requires that I submit a report relating to the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by children in Australia on an annual basis.

This report covers the period from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.

The report examines the work I have undertaken throughout the past year to promote discussion and awareness of matters relating to the human rights of children and young people in
Australia. It also discusses the progress of the recommendations that I made in my Children’s Rights Report 2013. The substantive part of my 2014 report focuses on the findings of my examination into intentional self-harm with or without suicidal intent and death by intentional self-harm.

This report includes four recommendations on future actions that should be taken to ensure the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by children in Australia.
I look forward to discussing the report with you. Yours sincerely

Megan Mitchell
National Children’s Commissioner