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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)


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.

Gymnastics in Australia Review now open for participation

The Australian Human Rights Commission will today commence public consultation for its Independent Review of the sport of gymnastics in Australia.

The Commission is undertaking the Review of the sport at the request of Gymnastics Australia, with the support of the AIS and the National Institute Network, and will deliver its findings in early 2021.

The Review will build an understanding of the sport’s culture and identify systemic issues impacting upon athlete experience and barriers to reporting misconduct to inform future, better practice to ensure safety and inclusivity.

Greater focus needed on kids during pandemic

Since lockdown restrictions were introduced in March, the national 24/7 counselling and support service Kids Helpline has received a significant increase in the volume of children and young people seeking help, up 24% to the end of August compared to 2019.  

The concerns they raised in counselling sessions provide important insights into how governments, parents and educators can better support children and young people through the pandemic. 

Pandemic: Serious impacts on kids

A new report analysing the issues children and young people raised in counselling sessions during COVID-19 shows they have experienced serious impacts on their mental health, social connections and education.

The report, which examines data from 2,567 counselling sessions with Kids Helpline, underscores the risk of vulnerable children falling through the cracks, and highlights the need for children and young people to be prioritised during and after the pandemic. 

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.