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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.


The challenges for children in 2020

A statement from young people who attended a major conference on children’s rights has identified the five greatest challenges facing young people in Australia in 2020.

The Child and Youth Statement, facilitated by World Vision Australia, listed COVID-19, climate change, Indigenous children’s rights, citizenship and mental health as the most urgent challenges young people face.

Commission welcomes new Children’s Commissioner

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of Ms Anne Hollonds to the role of the National Children’s Commissioner. 

“I am delighted by the appointment of Ms Hollonds to the Australian Human Rights Commission,” said Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM.

Updates from Australian and New Zealand Children's Commissioners and Guardians

The Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) meets regularly to promote and protect the safety, wellbeing and rights of children and young people in Australia and New Zealand.