National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has been travelling around the country hearing from children and their advocates about how Australia is or isn’t advancing child rights.
The Commissioner is gathering a range of views, data and stories for her report to the United Nations on Australia’s progress implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, our international law obligation to children, which we ratified back in 1989.
She is hosting a series of roundtables across the country to hear from key child rights experts and is hearing directly from children and young people through conversations and workshops.
Commissioner Mitchell has also received more than 100 written submissions from organisations, government and members of the community who had something to say about children’s rights.
“I have been hearing about an incredibly diverse range of child rights issues and experiences, from the basics like access to healthcare and education, to emerging challenges like online safety,” Commissioner Mitchell said.
“Children are telling me about the rights that are important to them and what they believe is needed to make Australia a better place for children.
“Time and again I hear how children wished we lived in a community that was better at listening to and respecting them.”
Commissioner Mitchell will report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child by 1 November 2018.
She will also prepare a ‘state of the nation’ report on child rights in Australia for her next Children’s Rights Report, which will be submitted to Parliament in late 2018.