Summary publication

5 November 2013

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC Attorney-General
Parliament House 

Dear Attorney

Children’s Rights Report 2013

I am pleased to present to you the Children’s Rights Report 2013, 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.

The Report covers the period from the date of the commencement of Schedule 1 of the Act, 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013. I note that I was appointed to the position on 25 February 2013, and commenced my duties on 25 March 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 Australia. The Report also refers to the outcomes of my national listening tour, the Big Banter, which concluded on 30 September 2013.

Based on this, the Report outlines five key themes that I have identified for progressing better protection of children’s rights in Australia.

The Report includes six recommendations on 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