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14 October 2015

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC
Parliament House

Dear Attorney

Children’s Rights Report 2015

I am pleased to present to you the Children’s Rights Report 2015, 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.

This report covers the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

Chapter 1 reports on the work I have undertaken throughout the past year to promote discussion and awareness of matters relating to the human rights of children and young people in Australia. It also discusses the progress of the recommendations that I made in my Children’s Rights Reports in 2013 and 2014.

Chapter 2 reports on how children’s rights have been considered in legislation and court proceedings.

Chapter 3 reports on my project about business and children’s rights, and includes two recommendations.

Chapter 4 reports on my national consultation about how children are affected by family and domestic violence, and includes fourteen recommendations.

I look forward to discussing the report with you.

Yours sincerely,

Megan Mitchell
National Children’s Commissioner