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Children’s Rights in Australia: a scorecard


Children's Rights Reports

Commissioner Megan Mitchell, Attorney General Christian Porter and Guests

The National Children's Commissioner produces a report every year on the state of children's rights in Australia.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Friday 28 August, 2020

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in November 1989. The Convention came into force on 2 September 1990.

Read the Convention.


Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts, winner of the 2019 Young People's Human Rights Medal

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Receiving her award, Young People’s Human Rights Medal Winner Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts said, “The system does not work for our kids who are incarcerated - my mind and my spirit can't help but think of those young people that aren't here right now. “I ask that every single person assess your privilege and show up on the front line. We need to amplify those voices and we need to raise those voices.”


Children’s Rights Report 2019

Australian and New Zealand Children's Commissioners and Guardians Communiqué: November 2019


Leading Advocates Deliver Human Rights Day Oration

At a moving event watched around Australia by survivors of child sexual abuse, two of the country’s most tireless champions for justice delivered the 2019 Human Rights Day Oration – Chrissie Foster AM and The Honourable Peter McClellan AM QC.

The Hon McClellan, who chaired the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, singled out the Catholic Church as the only institution whose leaders failed to recognise sexual assaults of children as a crime, as distinct from a moral failure.  

2019 Human Rights Day Oration

The Hon Peter McClellan AM QC

10 December 2019

Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell released a scorecard today, on Universal Children’s Day, assessing outcomes for children’s rights across Australia and providing recommendations.

Children’s Commissioner to Release National Scorecard

National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell will release a scorecard today assessing outcomes for children rights across Australia

One of the scorecard’s most significant recommendations is to raise the age of criminal responsibility. It makes clear there is no good rationale for detaining children under the age of 14, in any form of detention.