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Making Australia More Child Friendly

In 2012, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors how Australia meets its obligations to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, issued its Concluding Observations on Australia’s progress. During 2014, the National...
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Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians Communique 11 November 2014

The purpose of the ACCG is to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of strategic advocacy to promote and protect the safety, wellbeing and rights of children in Australia, particularly the most vulnerable or disadvantaged.
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What does the Children’s Rights Report 2013 say?

CHILD-FRIENDLY VERSION I’m Megan Mitchell, the National Children’s Commissioner. My job is to protect the rights of all children in Australia and make sure that adults are helping all of you grow up healthy and strong. Every year I write a Report...
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Children's Rights Report 2013

The Report examines the key international human rights treaty on children’s rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and its implementation in Australia. Current statistics are used in the report to show how children are faring in...
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Cyberbullying and the Bystander

In May 2011, the Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC), in partnership with Primary Communication, were commissioned by the Australian Human Rights Commission to conduct a study to identify the most effective strategy, messages, content and...
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The UN Children's Convention and Australia (1991)

On 17 December 1990 Australia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child which had been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly only a little over one year earlier (20 November 1989). The Convention has been hailed as a Magna Carta...
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Our Homeless Children

Report of the National Inquiry into Youth HomelessnessIn 1987, after consulting with a wide range of individuals and organisations attempting to assist homeless children, analysing current policy directions and surveying the available literature,...
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Our Homeless Children: Their Experiences

Report by Dr Ian O'Connor to the National Inquiry into Homeless Children by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission