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Children’s Rights Report 2019


Children's Rights Reports

Cartoon of Megan Mitchell with kids. Speech bubble:"Did you know there are 5.5 million children (everyone under 18) in Australia? That's a lot of you!

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.


Tributes for departing commissioner

Colleagues, Children’s advocates and fellow commissioners at the Australian Human Rights Commission have paid tribute to Megan Mitchell as she completed her term as Australia’s inaugural Children’s Commissioner.

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher said: “Megan has consistently listened to children and represented their views with passion and conviction. Megan’s advocacy has had a tremendous impact and she has made significant achievements over the course of her seven-year term.”

Review of the age of criminal responsibility (2020)

Submission to the Council of Attorneys-General Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group


The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Council of Attorneys-General Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group review.

New Resource to Teach School Children About Digital Health Records

Schools are being given the opportunity to teach students about their rights in managing their digital health records, using a new resource designed by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell.

Under the My Health Record system, children aged 14 years and over can manage their own records. They may do so independently, or they can grant access to parents or guardians. They may also choose to cancel their digital records at any time.

Child-friendly version of the Children’s Rights Report 2019


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.”