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Child Safe Organisations: National Principles

The National Children's Commissioner is leading the development of National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

National Child Protection Week 5-11 Sept, 2021

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Every Child, in Every Community, Needs a Fair Go. National Child Protection Week, 5-11 Sept, 2021

Statement on the National Summit on Women's Safety

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to participate in the National Summit for Women’s Safety and to contribute to the development of Australia’s second National Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children. Violence is a human rights issue that needs urgent and coordinated action.

Competitions

Friday 30 July, 2021

Competitions

The Australian Human Rights Commission regularly conducts competitions based around human rights themes and social issues.

Children’s commissioners and guardians unite in opposing NT legislation

All fourteen Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) have united in opposing new legislation introduced by the Northern Territory Government, which proposes to alter the NT’s Youth Justice Act and Bail Act.

The commissioners and guardians wrote to NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner at the end of March expressing their concerns about the legislation and asking him to reconsider his approach. They have not received a reply.

Governments must prioritise raising the age

National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO have urged all Australian governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility as a matter of priority.  

A report commissioned by a meeting of Attorneys-General in July last year recommended that all jurisdictions raise the age and ensure younger teenagers are not held in detention.  

Now is the moment to listen to young people

By National Children's Commissioner, Anne Hollonds.

For the last few weeks, Australia has been having a “moment” as our attention has been concentrated on an endless series of revelations of sexual assault and harassment in workplaces up and down the land, but also, very worryingly, in our schools. 

Joint Statement: Rights of Children in the NT

Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO have urged the Northern Territory government to reconsider its proposals for youth offending, announced yesterday.

The NT Government yesterday said it would put in "automatic revocation of bail" for young people who reoffend or breach their bail conditions.

The Commission supports the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Joint Select Committee’s inquiry into Australia’s Family Law System (2019)

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Submission to the Joint Select Committee’s inquiry into Australia’s Family Law System

Submission to the Joint Select Committee’s inquiry into Australia’s Family Law System

Anne Hollonds commences as National Children’s Commissioner

Anne Hollonds has commenced in her role as Australia’s new National Children’s Commissioner.

Commissioner Hollonds emphasised the need for greater recognition of the importance of childhood in Australia. 

“Childhood is quite rightly described as critically important for people's social, health and economic outcomes, but the value of childhood is not only about the future adult that a child may become.